Monday, 18 January 2016


Tuesday 18th January 1916: The 6th Battalion are in the front line, south-east of the city of Arras. Yesterday the machine guns of two brigades of their division combined to barrage the village of Monchy-le-Preux with bullets – a total of 26 guns in all. This was undertaken to try to gauge in what strength the town is held. The enemy’s reply was noted as feeble. Does this mean that there are not very many of them there or that they simply chose not to give away their strength by replying?

Source: X550/7/1

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