A veteran describes going over the top at the Battle of Messines Ridge, 7 June 1917, just after the British Army had detonated 19 massive mines. In the confusion he came across some terrified German troops.

Just before dawn on the 7th June 1917 there was a calm prior to the Battle of Messines. A veteran recalls this moment as the quietest one he remembers during his First World War service and the unusual sound of a lark singing. He describes having to go over the top with shells exploding, massive mine explosions, and aircraft firing from above.

Later in the day they came upon a small group of terrified German soldiers who had been left behind to man the frontline.