Monday 5 December 2016

How to Stop the Enemy Digging Trenches

Tuesday 5th December 1916: From our Correspondent in the Field

The adjutant of the 8th Battalion, at Givenchy-lès-la-Bassée spoke to me again this evening on the “blower”. Early this morning, while it was still dark, enemy trench mortars bombarded the left flank of their position. Fortunately no damage was done.

The Battalion spotted enemy attempts to dig a trench near one of the many mine craters that dot the landscape hereabouts called Red Dragon Crater (shown in red on the map above, the British front line shown in blue). To impede progress of this undertaking the Battalion bombarded the area with indirect machine-gun fire and fired rifle grenades into the area. Sadly two other ranks from the Battalion have been killed during the day by snipers.

Source: X550/9/1

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