Friday 2 February 2018

In the Line in Italy

Saturday  2nd February 1918

The 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment will go into the front line in northern Italy for the first time today when thet relieve 14th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment at Bidasio on the south bank of the River Piave. Headquarters is at a building called the Rotonda. The adjutant described it as “a very superior type of farm with frescoes on the walls(1) and a large pleasure garden. It has suffered to a certain extent from shell fire but is sandbagged up sufficiently to make it safe against anything other than a direct hit”. The front line trenches are in an embankment above the river with the enemy about a thousand yards distant.

Source: X550/2/5

(1) Sadly destroyed later that year

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