Wednesday, 24 October 2018

2nd Battalion in Action

Thursday 24th October 1918

Yesterday's successful attack has continued today. At nightfall most of the objectives seem to have been taken and the armies have fought their way, often against grudging and doubty opposition, to the verge of the Germans' defensive line based on the Sambre-Oise Canal and other natural features.

The 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, after its success yesterday, has withdrawn to rest and regroup. Today the 2nd Battalion was in action north-east of le Cateau and the adjutant tonight reported that in the last few days the battalion has lost forty men dead and close to two hundred officers and men wounded. However, they have captured around a hundred men, one 4.2 inch and two 77mm artillery pieces, one trench mortar, sixty machine guns and two anti-tank rifles.

Source: X550/3/wd

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