Saturday 22 April 2017

Is the Battle of Arras About to Restart?

Sunday 22nd April 1917

For the last eight days the Battle of Arras has been in suspension, the last attacks having been made on 14th April. However, we understand that this has been a time of consolidation and planning for the renewal of the offensive. The French to the south of us on the Chemin des Dames are also consolidating after advances of four miles in places.

The adjutant of the 1st battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment told me on the “blower” today that they have moved up to the front line near Givenchy-en-Gohelle facing a hamlet called la Coulotte, south of the town of Lens, which they expect to attack tomorrow.

The 4th Battalion is also in the front line facing Gavrelle, which they believe will be their target tomorrow. Now we wait.

Sources: X550/2/5; X550/5/3

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