Tuesday 17 July 2018

A Visit from the General

General Birdwood

Wednesday 17th July 1918

Today 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment have gone back into the front line west of Merville. Before that Battalion Headquarters was paid a visit by General W B Birdwood, who is General Officer Commanding 5th Army(1). The adjutant was tight-lipped about the reason for the visit but one presumes that something offensive is in the offing.

Source: X550/2/5

(1) He had succeeded General Gough, who was sacked following his army's poor performance during the German offensive of March and April, on 31st May.

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