Saturday 3 December 2016

In the Front Line Near Givenchy

Sunday 3rd December 1916: From our Correspondent in the Field

The adjutant of the 8th Battalion at Givenchy-lès-la-Bassée has spoken to me on the telephone again this evening. During the afternoon the enemy trench mortars have been very aggressive.

This morning one of the Battalion’s snipers claimed a “hit”. This evening Captain Body has led a patrol through gaps in the craters and entered the German trenches. There they surprised and shot a sentry and then retired to our lines again. The patrol reported that the enemy trenches are in good condition, though the wire is bad.

Source: X550/9/1

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