There’s nothing like a nice brisk four and a half-mile walk before breakfast. This morning, Pete Ainsworth and I got up at 6.00am and walked over to the RASC depot.  At 8.00am we set off in a three-ton lorry to draw rations from Amiens, accompanied by a captain from the Pioneer Corps, Captain Papers of Manchester, a thoroughly decent fellow and two clerks. I was very much surprised to see that life in the city is almost back to normal again. Trains and buses are running and there are the usual queues. The shops display their various wares, policemen gesticulate wildly, the telephone service functions once more and it is hard to realise that the town was won from the Germans only a fortnight ago. The shortness of the French skirt is quite pleasing to the eye and most French women dress well. As is to be expected, certain commodities over here are cheaper and more plentiful than in England and vice versa. I saw large stocks of combs and fountain pens and these are scarce in England. We contacted REME workshops in Amiens and they said they would recover us and take us into their workshops in the next few days, so we shall be back in the frontline in ten days or so. Returning from Amiens, we stopped in Albert and Pete Ainsworth and I had a good look round. At first impression Albert is a very nice little town and I bought a postcard from a local shop.
. All the time they had been trying to expedite their return to the Regiment.