Sunday, 15 July 2018

What to Bombardments Mean?

Monday 15th July 1918

More from the 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment today, in support behind the front line near Merville. Today the adjutant reports that our artillery have been very active, though the enemy has not fired a shot in anger. 

This, of course, makes Tommy Atkins speculate? Are the big guns softening up enemy positions ahead of an attack to retake the ground lost earlier this year? Are they undertaking some sort of methodical destruction of enemy artillery? Why have the Germans not responded? Are they short of ammunition? Have a lot of their guns been taken out by our shells? Are the positions opposite not very strongly held? Are they conserving ammunition for an attack themselves? Are they lying doggo trying to lull our generals into a sense of false security? And many more questions besides. Whilst holding the front line or resting there is plenty of time for such speculation and the most intricate theories can be woven like a spider spinning her web

Source: X550/2/5

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