Sunday 12 February 2017

Results of the 4th Battalion Attack

Monday 12th February 1917 from our correspondent in the field

We hear that the attack made by 4th Battalion yesterday night north of Beaucourt-sur-Ancre was a complete success. Two companies made the attack with one in support and one in reserve acting as a carrying party for ammunition for consolidating the line gained. At 9.05 pm the line advanced. The left company was temporarily held up by enemy wire and heavy machine-gun fire and the Company in Support was then pushed forward and the objectives gained by 3 am this morning. Twenty one men were killed during these operations and many more wounded.

The 2nd Battalion today moved into the front line south of Agny, which is, itself, south of Arras. They occupy the line shown in red on the map above. The adjutant opined that they are being introduced to this new area in time to become acquainted with it prior to an attack, but we will have to wait and see.

Meanwhile, in the deserts of the Sinai the 1st/5th Battalion yesterday marched to Bir el Abd where it bivouacked. The adjutant wired that there was “brilliant lightning and some thunder later during the night but especially about 2300 there was heavy rain and some hail”. Not the weather one expects in a desert.

Sources: X550/3/WD; X550/5/3; X550/6/8

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