Monday 27 November 2017

Battling in Bourlon Wood

Tuesday 27th November 1917

A week into the Battle of Cambrai things seem to have bogged down in an all too familiar fashion. Last Tuesday’s great offensive held out such great prospects of a breakthrough to the green fields beyond the front lines that, we are told, church bells were sounded at home, though we did not hear them here. Since then the right flank of the attack has simply dug in and consolidated whilst the left flank has become embroiled in a rather fruitless struggle for Bourlon Wood

Today 62nd (2nd West Riding) Division and thirty tanks made another attack on the wood. At first success seemed within their grasp but the inevitable counter-attack seems to have wiped out any gains made.

Source: X550/6/8

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