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Lt. J.R.R. Tolkien

A tremendous and sustained artillery bombardment commenced on June 24, 1916, lasting eight days and culminating in a crescendo of fire during the hour preceding the attack.  It was described by Sir Andrew Wright, who had served as a lieutenant with my father in the 11th Suffolks, as “the biggest bombardment of all history.” Wright further writes in his history of the 11th Suffolks:

 

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