Tuesday 6 December 2016

Dealing with Patrols

Wednesday 6th December 1916: From our Correspondent in the Field

The 8th Battalion adjutant spoke to me by field telephone this evening from support trenches at a place called Pont-Fixe. They were relieved this afternoon from the front line renches at Givenchy-lès-la-Bassée.

Just before dawn they spotted a hostile patrol sneaking around in No Man’s Land by the pre-dawn light. The German trenches, of course, are east of ours and in the faint glimmer just before sunrise the enemy were silhouetted on the sky-line. A Lewis gun ensured that they scuttled back to their own lines.

Source: X550/9/1

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