Thursday 24 May 2018

Letting the Enemy Know They are There

Friday 24th May 1918

Last night the 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment had the satisfaction of handing the enemy a nasty surprise. Having suffered during the March retreat and lost a lot of men they conducted a raid on the enemy positions south-east of Mesnil at the north end of Aveluy Wood and west of the River Ancre. It was around here in November 1916, in the dying days of the Battle of the Somme, that the battalion first saw action, capturing Hamel. As the adjutant observed to me with some asperity "We want to remind the enemy that we are still here and still dangerous to them".

Source: X550/5/3

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