Getting very nervous lately

Thursday August 31 1916

Nice bright day again, spirits brighten accordingly.

Heavy German artillery fire, a few rounds here. The slaughter must be getting awful. Big operations postponed.

Getting very nervous lately, shall have to make an effort.

Thermite used yesterday

Thursday August 24 1916

Thermite used yesterday. Don’t know what it is.

First use of Thermite shells (from the Long Long Trail):

2 July 1916. Thermite is an incendiary; thermite shells were designed to set a target ablaze, and were fired by field artillery. They were first used by the gunners of 30th Division, firing on Bernafay Wood on the Somme, on 2 July 1916.