Clearing weather, but bloody cold. The French countryside looks resplendent in white ... even the trenches look to have been freshly whitewashed and made clean. We had a short artillery observation mission and quickly brought effective counter-battery fire onto some bothersome German guns. With three BE's in formation and a couple of Bristols sweeping ahead, the German aviators were wisely absent from our area of operations. Or perhaps the Hun are all moved away to Verdun?