‘Voiture 10 made a terrible trip last night. The Germans…

‘Voiture 10 made a terrible trip last night. The Germans probably got a
whiff of the French cigarettes the drivers were smoking, so the road was subjected to an extremely
violent bombardment. Even though the night was pitch dark, the drivers saw a
huge wave of the new invisible, odorless gas, but being unacquainted with its
properties they took several deep inhales to find out whether it really was this
new gas. Seeing a great light ahead,
they stopped a passing poilu to inquire whether it was the moon or a
star shell. “Je ne sais pas“ replied the stranger in perfect French,
I’m a stranger around here myself.“ Later we learned that the star
shells
were out this eventful night. I beg to state that upon the return of No.
10, we found thirty-seven éclat holes in the drivers but the car had
miraculously escaped untouched.’

September 1917 in the Aisne Region,
France, American ambulance driver’s article for the weekly AFS bulletin – Text and
illustration: History of the American Field Service in France