Saturday 24th February 1917 from our correspondent in the field
It seems that the rumours of a German retreat were true! We are hearing from all across the Somme front that our units are pushing forward and meeting little resistance.
The 4th Bedfords, in the front line north of the River Ancre report that at 4.30 this afternoon they were ordered to advance a line of posts. Then just an hour ago at 6 pm three strong patrols were sent out. The Battalion is north of Grandcourt and Baillescourt Farm shown on the map above
The 1st/5th Bedfords are also on the move in far-away Sinai. Since 20th February they have advanced from Maadan through Bardawil to El Arish where they have taken over a vacant camp.
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