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wounded out through Calais, further south in the English zone the English ^[[& French]] troops go out through Abbeville to Dieppe, many English go through Boulogne also. Abbeville is about the line between the French & English so that a great many wounded land there. At that time there were about 850 wounded, a big military hospital of 300 beds and about ten smaller hospitals. They are all pretty primitive and have not enough trained nurses. The only available building to be turned into a hospital is the theatre which is not entirely completed and adapts itself badly for the purposes. It was eleven thirty when we got away, stopped and lunched at Poix in the patisserie shop and reached Paris about 5.30 having a pneu and a breakdown (3/4 hr) at Beauvais. We passed a great many convois on the road. About twenty of the old Parisian busses painted gray with soldiers, great loads of provisions in vans and a long stream of little postal service cars which dash right to the front with mail.
Is the one missing word "pneu" (French for "tire")? Short for pneu crevé? a flat tire?
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