Monday, 15 February 2016

No Attack

Tuesday 15th February 1916: It is with some relief that we have just spoken with the adjutant of the 2nd Battalion who had been warned to expect a full-scale German attack yesterday with poison gas to the fore. It was with a certain wry amusement that he told us that it had been “an exceptionally quiet day”, so quiet, in fact, that Lieutenant R B Gibson had been able to go on leave and casualties had been nil He also said that, tense though yesterday was an expected attack which does not materialise is infinitely preferable to an unexpected attack which does(1).

Source: X550/3/wd

(1) Lieutenant Robert Bowness Gibson would be killed in an attack on Trônes Wood on 11th July during the Battle of the Somme.

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