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Over the Front in an Aeroplane and Scenes Inside t

His aeroplanes guarded Paris from German air attacks


"A HEAVY FIELD-PIECE STANDING ON TREADLED WHEELS" " 72

PART OF THE ENORMOUS ENCAMPMENT OF SUPPLY-WAGONS, WHICH CARRY THE COMPLETE SUPPLIES FOR THREE FULL DAYS FOR ONE ARMY CORPS " 84

"COLONEL D----, COMMANDING THE ARTILLERY OF THE SECTOR" " 104

THE AUTHOR IN ONE OF THE BIGGEST SHELL-PITS, WHICH WERE TEN FEET DEEP AND TWENTY FEET IN DIAMETER " 104

COMMANDANT L---- IN THE NICKEL-STEEL SKULL-CAP WHICH HE WORE INSIDE HIS KHAKI CAP " 120

"THE CHAUFFEUR REACHED THE OPEN PLACE BY THE CHURCH" " 126

ON THE SHATTERED CHURCH HUNG THIS CRUCIFIX INTACT THOUGH SURROUNDED BY SHRAPNEL HOLES " 126

UNDER HEAVY FIRE IN A BELGIAN COMMUNICATING-TRENCH " 136

OVER THE FRONT IN AN AEROPLANE

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A FLIGHT TO THE FIRING LINE

PARIS, _August 13th_ (_Friday_).

style="text-align: justify;">I have just returned from a unique visit to the front. This afternoon I flew in an army aeroplane from Paris to the fighting lines, skirted these lines for a few kilometres, and flew back to Paris.

We made the round trip without a break.

I am indebted to the quite exceptional kindness of the French Foreign Office and of the French War Office for this flight. No other civilian has been allowed to ascend in a French army aeroplane at all, and as for visiting the front in one, it has apparently been undreamed of. Poor Needham went up in a British military aeroplane, but what he saw and felt were buried with him.

I received definite word yesterday evening that at four-thirty this afternoon I would find a military motor at the door of my hotel; that it would take me to the great aviation station in the suburbs of Paris, and that at five-thirty o'clock a double-cylindered battle-plane would set flight with me.

Everything ran like clockwork. At five o'clock I was shaking hands with the Captain of this most important aviation station, and he was explaining to me just how, day and night, his aeroplanes guarded Paris from German air attacks.

At five-thirty o'clock I was struggling into a heavy leather suit which I put on over my regular clothes and a heavy padded helmet which was carefully fastened under my chin by a buttoned flap and also an elastic band.


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