Read today's entry from Harry Gissing's 1914-18 war diaries

March 19, 1917

Just biding our time and anxiously awaiting for orders to go ahead and see how Fritz left things and verify all the tales of the lovely country ahead, Bapaume and beyond being a promised land to us. Heavy traffic on every available track ahead, which are quickly becoming mere mud tracks. The road gangs will shortly be the most important item in a few days, and they are rushing foodstuffs ahead in case the roads get blocked. A cool change again.