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In the middle of the night, everyone is woken up – the army is on the march again to a village called Ostrovna.
Nikolai and Ilyin get ready and ride off. Nikolai is on an a fantastic campaign horse. He is amazed to see that already he knows how to deal with the fear of coming battle – mostly by ignoring it and staying in the moment.
Ilyin, meanwhile, is freaking out, like all newbies do.
After a little while, the regiment lines up behind the front line of the army. The front line is already fighting the enemy and they can hear the sounds of battle.
Orders come to attack, and Nikolai hears the sound of bullets. The sound is exciting and he gets all pumped for action.
As they ride toward the battle, the guys in front of them ride down to the fighting and then quickly ride back.