Wednesday, 17 May 2017

End of Operations Around Roeux

Thursday 17th May 1917

I am sorry to report that the attack by Gordon Highlanders of 51st (Highland) Division yesterday to regain ground lost by 17th (Northern) Division was not successful. This was an unfortunate ending to a few days which has seen remarkable success in advancing the line into Roeux, its chemical works, chateau and station and this success is all the more creditable for having been begun by a much reduced and very tired unit - 4th Division. The Germans have not shown any desire to conduct new attacks anywhere today, so it is hoped that the fighting around Arras will die down allowing the army to consolidate its gains.

Out in Palestine yesterday evening 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment sent out a patrol under cover of darkness to select a site suitable as the starting point for an attack by two companies on an area known as The Garden, south of the town, which may take place in the next few days.

Source: X550/6/8

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