With the shrill of the dawn chorus, the allies began the artillery pounding and when it started, it didn`t stop – not for one second. As the ground exploded, the atmosphere became contaminated with thick acrid smoke and dust which throttled senses. Hearing became incoherent. The mind numbing continuous booms, beckoned a madness of tears and screaming. Red hot splinters punctured and tore at flesh already seeping life juices.