Thursday, 26 January 2017

4th Battalion Back on the Ancre

4th Battalion position shown in red

Friday 26th January 1917 from our correspondent in the field

The 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment is back in the front line north of the River Ancre, near the site of their triumph in November. As the map above shows they are just north of Beaucourt-sur-Ancre facing almost due north. The adjutant spoke with me for some time about the Battalion’s expectations for this year and chief among them was a renewal of the Somme offensive in this locality where the front line did not move very far last year.

Source: X550/5/3

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