Tuesday, 21 March 2017

2nd Battalion Operations Come to an End

Wednesday 21st March 1917 from our correspondent in the field

At 12 midnight the 17th Battalion, Manchester Regiment commenced to relieve the 2nd Bedfords. The relief was complete by 6 am. The Battalion then returned to their old front line trenches near Agny, arriving about 7.30 am.

The adjutant remarked to me on the “blower” that: “A very noticeable point about these three days’ operations was the systematic way the enemy had destroyed everything which would be of any use to us. All dug-outs had been blown in, trees cut down, trenches wired in, and all stores removed. There is no doubt they had been preparing for this retirement for some months”.

Source: X550/3/WD

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