“They cling on desperately”

20 1918 – For five days and nights the Germans shelled
the place with gas which made sleep impossible. All night long they fired at
intervals of 15 to 30 min. One huge
shell fell just in front of the
house where we eat and the people left next day as
did nearly all the other civilians in the town. The Americans have ordered the civilians to leave but they cling
on desperately and must be moved by force. Poor people, they fear to leave their homes more than the German

American ambulance driver’s diary in Migneville, Meurthe et Moselle – The Compensation of War – Photo: WW1, France, American ambulance drivers looking at French civilians leaving town.