Monday, 13 November 2017

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Tuesday 13th November 1917

The 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment is back in the front line near Polygon Racecourse. Over much of the battlefield at present the front line consists not of trenches and barbed wire but shellholes, scrapes in the earth, concrete pillboxes and blockhouses and advanced posts. During the day the Bedfords have sought to improve their temporary home, making it more habitable and stronger against attack. They have been drained of as much water as can be induced to leave and the shell holes have been joined up into a continuous line that more resembles a trench. During the hours of darkness a patrol surprised a German in No Man’s Land and captured him. He proved to be from the 26th Prussian Regiment.

Sources: X550/2/5

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