Monday 13 August 2018

Renewing Acquaintance

Tuesday 13th August 1918

Things continue to be relatively quiet here just west of Albert. Artillery fires and people scurry about but there has been no attack here today, though all the signs are that there will be one soon. For the last two days the American 1st Battalion, 129th US Regiment has been attached to the 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. This unit is part of 66th Infantry Brigade, 66th Division and was raised in the state of Illinois. 

Back in June elements of 129th regiment were trained by the training cadre made up from old 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, all of whom have now joined 2nd Battalion. It can thus be imagined that there has been a general degree of happiness at friendships being resumed between the old 7th Battalion cadre and the men of the 129th. The Americans have performed well in the recent fighting and the two units, it is fair to say, are looking forward to going into action together.

Sources: X550/3/wd; X550/8/1

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