Saturday 23 June 2018

Raiding a Lewis Gun Post

Sunday 23rd June 1918

1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment is currently near Merville about half way between Bethune and Hazebrouck. Last night a patrol went out to search for and destroy an enemy machine gun post. This post actually contains a Lewis Gun, no doubt captured during the offensives in March and April. The old hands here knew it to be a Lewis Gun by the distinctive noise it made as it fired. 

The post was found and destroyed by the use of Mills Bombs. During a stiff fight with the enemy occupants six men were wounded, but all made it back to our lines.

Source: X550/2/5

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