Saturday 23rd September 1916. Day 85
The preliminary bombardment began on Lesboeufs and Morval.
Sunday 24th September 1916. Day 86
An unsuccessful attack was made on Mouquet Farm in the evening by a company of 6th Bn, Yorks & Lancs.
68 Bde (23rd Div) attacked
treet>Twenty-Sixth Avenue easttreet> of the treet>Bapaume Roadtreet> with no success.
1st Bn, The Black Watch (1 Bde, 1st Div) tried to bomb up both Flers Trenches with no success.
A German dawn attack was repulsed with MG fire by 1st Buffs.
1/9th Bn, London Regt tried to bomb down Combles Trench to link up with the French 73rd Regt but they were pushed back.
Monday 25th September 1916. Day 87
of Morval began today lasting until Sept 28th. Battle
1st Bn, The Black Watch bombed up Flers Trench, capturing 300 yards of it. Later in the day the New Zealand Div took over the section.
10th Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers (68 Bde, 23rd Div), supported by two tanks, made an attack on the western end of
treet>Twenty-Sixth Avenuetreet>. One of the tanks ditched and the other brought down such a barrage as soon as the Germans spotted it that the attack was abandoned by the infantry.
East of Flers, 21st and 55th Divs, supported by the New Zealand Div,advanced on Guedecourt.
The New Zealanders were tasked with providing flank protection astride Goose Alley.
55th Div attacked with 165 Bde. 1/6th, 1/7th and 1/9th Bns of the King’s Regt took Gird Trench at 1pm and, while 1/6th blocked the trench north of the Flers-Guedecourt road, 1/9th Bn cleared Grove Alley. At 2.40pm 1/7th Bn entered part of the sunken road between Gird Trench and Guedecourt.
Further south, 21st Div used 1st
East Yorks, 1st and 10th KOYLI to attack Gird Trench. The Lincolns were stopped in their own line by shellfire while both Lincolns Yorkshirebattalions were stopped by wire and were forced to shelter in No Man’s Land until nightfall.
8th and 9th Bns, Leicestershire Regt took Goat Trench but only a small party of the 8th Bn managed to enter Gird Trench. The 9th Bn took
treet>Watling Streettreet> a sunken part of the Guedecourt-Ginchy road.
1st Bn, Irish Guards and 2nd Bn, Grenadier Guards advanced and entered Lesbouefs with little opposition. 4th Bn, Grenadier Guards were late in starting and were then obliged to secure the left flank of the Guards Div because of the failure of 21st Div’s attack. 2nd Bn, Scots Guards kept pace with the Irish and Grenadiers north of the village.
South of Lesboeufs, 6th Div attacked the Morval- Lesboeufs road. 16 Bde took the eastern part of the road while 18 Bde took the western part as well as the southern part of the village, linking up with the Guards.
5th Div took Morval. 95 Bde sent 1st Bn,
East Surreysand 1st Bn, Devonshire Regt to capture the village. The East Surreyswere held up by MG fire from the railway embankment north of Combles and a strongpoint on the treet>Ginchy-Morval Roadtreet>. The Devons on their left ran into wire so they swerved left entered a trench and bombed down to this strongpoint while a party of the Surreys dealt with the guns on the embankment. The 1st Norfolks advanced with no difficulty and entered the village. By 6th Div was consolidating east of Morval on high ground.
56th Div attacked from 168 Bde’s trenches at exactly. It was seven minutes after zero hour and the wait was to allow 5th Div on their left to come up in line with 168 Bde. The London Scottish cleared the north end of the wood before coming under fire from the same MGs that held up the
East Surreysin 5th Div. The London Scottish mopped up with the East Surreysand by they had taken 80 prisoners and 4 MGs. Five minutes later the London Scottish were in a previously unknown German trench overlooking the . Combles-Morval Valley
Tuesday 26th September 1916. Day 88
Today marks the start of the
of Thiepval Ridge. Battle
18th Div attacked in the Thiepval area with 53 and 54 Bdes.
54 Bde attacked the
, with 12th Bn, The Middlesex Regt capturing the village. 11th Bn, Royal Fusiliers cleared the German front line trench. 6th Northamptonshire Regt and 7th Bedfordshire Regt were in support and reserve respectively. Two tanks were also in support. The Middlesex was held up by MG fire from Thiepval Chateau until a tank destroyed the MG posts. The infantry moved on into Thiepval where the supporting tank was destroyed. The Fusiliers had a job clearing the trenches and dugouts but the village was secured by except for the north east corner. villageof Thiepval
53 Bde attacked on the right of 54 Bde. Because of the advances made since July to the south of Thiepval, 18th Div actually advanced north rather than east during the assault in this area. In the attack were 8th Bn Suffolk Regt and 10th Bn, Essex Regt. The troops left the forward trenches before Zero to avoid the German counter bombardment. The Suffolks reached Schwaben Trench and the Essex, the road from Pozieres to St. Pierre Divion within twelve minutes. By both battalions had taken Zollern Trench. Further advances broke down however and the troops consolidated in Zollern Trench.
Thiepval today. The monument stands on the site of Thiepval Chateau, with the village behind it. 18th Div attacked from the bottom of the photograph with 54 Bde left of the road and 53 Bde on the right. The German front line (Joseph Trench) ran rouhly through the cemetery in front of the monument. Schwaben Trench ran into the village from the right through the dark green field and Zollern Trench ran from the village through the triangular green field. The St. Pierre Divion road runs left out of the village.
11th Div attacked in the Mouquet Farm area, with 34 Bde tasked with taking the farm itself.
34 Bde attacked with 8th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers and 9th Bn, Lancashire Fusiliers. Thirty seconds before zero,
Lancashirebombers seized the exits from the farm. Both battalions reached the German support trench before running into difficulties while the support battalion, 5th Bn, Dorset Regt, lost many men to German artillery while moving into the front line.
The Northumberlands met fierce resistance at Zollern Redoubt and lost all their moppers-up. One officer remained unwounded and he collected 50 survivors of the battalion and dug in facing Zollern Trench. The Lancashires lost heavily to fire from the redoubt and the Midway Line. A few survivors reached Zollern Trench. 5th Dorests then sent men to continue the attack, joined by 11th Bn, Manchester Regt and 6th
East Yorks, the Divisional Pioneers. Two tanks supporting the attack were destroyed and the surviving crew dismounted their MGs and fought on as infantry.
At the surviving Germans in Mouquet Farm were driven from the cellars by smoke bombs.
33 Bde attacked between Thiepval and Mouquet Farm. 9th Sherwood Foresters and 6th Border Regt took Joseph Trench at . They then moved through Schwaben Trench and on to Zollern Trench by . By they had advanced to Hessian Trench where they consolidated and drove off a counterattack.
Tuesday 26th September 1916. Part 2
1st Canadian Div attacked with two battalions of 3 Canadian Bde, 14th (Royal Montreal) and 15th (48th Highlanders) and two battalions of 2 Bde, 5th (Western Cavalry) and 8th (90th Rifles) Bns. The two 2 Bde battalions were each reinforced with a company from 10th Bn.
In 3 Bde both battalions quickly occupied Sudbury Trench and continued the advance at . By the 14th Bn had captured the eastern end of Kenora Trench. The 15th had fallen back however and German bombers were able to outflank the 14th Bn. The Germans were driven back and the 14th reinforced by a company of the 16th (Canadian Scottish) Bn.
Meanwhile in 2 Bde 8th Bn managed to occupy Zollern Trench despite enfilade MG fire. 10th Bn leapfrogged at and occupied Hessian Trench. At a trench was dug from Zollern to Hessian Trench as a defensive flank by 7th (1st
tate> British Columbiatate>) Bn.
2nd Canadian Div was in action east of Courcelette with three battalions of 6 Bde.
28th Bn was unable to leave it’s forward trench due to German shelling. 31st Bn suffered a similar fate, becoming bogged down in No Man’s Land under MG fire from front and left flank. 29th Bn occupied the German line without dfficulty where it was joined by a platoon and a Lewis Gun section from 31st Bn. 31st Bn, reinforced by a company of 27th Bn, attacked again at and occupied the ground east to the Miraumont road.
At units of 1st and 50th Divs attacked a new German trench called Flers Switch. 1st Div was stopped by MG fire while 50th Div took the western end of the trench and bombed along it as far as Spence Trench.
A tank advanced on Gird Trench at followed by the bombers and two rifle companies of 7th Bn, Leicestershire Regt. The bombers worked down along the trench driving the Germans towards 15th Durham Light Infantry.
While infantry patrols entered Gueudecourt, The South Irish Horse recced the high ground north of the village. At the 19th Lancers (1st Indian Cavalry Div) moved from Mametz to Flers and on to Gueudecourt where they came under fire. They dismounted and entered the village from the south west while a troop of the SIH entered from the
tate> north westtate>. By , 6th Leicesterswas in the village in strength and began to dig in at 64 Bde continued the advance with 10th and 15th Bns, Durham LI who reached an area just short of the Gueudecourt- Le Transloy road. 12th Northumberland Fusiliers then continued as far as the road itself.
At on 25th Sept a captured German officer told 5th Div that Combles was to be evacuated during the night.
At , 56th Div sent a patrol of the London Scottish along the railway towards Combles. At dawn they were within 500 yards of the village. Meanwhile in Bouleaux Wood a 1/4th London patrol met no Germans in the northern half of the wood while a patrol of 1/1st London reported the same in the southern part. A patrol from this battalion entered Combles and met with a French unit there. By Combles was occupied and the British had linked up with the French. The division dug in between Combles and Morval.
An attack on Mutton Trench failed despite support from two tanks which were both destroyed.
Wednesday 27th September 1916. Day 89
18th Div continued mopping up in Thiepval.10th Essex captured 50 yards of Bulgar Trench and by troops were digging in beyond the village.
The Germans evacuated Zollern Redoubt on 34 Bde’s (11th Div) front. 8th Northumberland Fusiliers occupied it at dawn but was later withdrawn. 9th Lancashire Fusliers occupied Zollern Trench west of the redoubt, while 11th Manchester Regt did the same east of it and in touch with the Canadians. A attack by the Manchesters was abandoned due to heavy MG fire from Stuff Redoubt and Hessian Trench.
Similarly 32 Bde was detailed to attack with 9th
West Yorksand 6th Green Howrads at 3pm. The attack was postponed but the West Yorksdid not receive the message and attacked on time, gaining a hold in Stuff Redoubt. At the Green Howards advanced and captured Hessian Trench west of Stuff Redoubt.
2nd Canadian Div troops found the Germans withdrawing on their front. In the afternoon the 28th and 29th Bns sent patrols and occupied the North and South Practice Trenches. 31st Bn also advanced.
1st Canadian Div had less luck with 14th Bn being driven out of Kenora Trench. It was later reoccupied and a counterattack driven off. The Canadians withdrew again after dark.
1st Div captured most of Flers Switch in a frontal attack.
50th Div set up posts between Crescent Alley and
23rd Div occupied
treet>Twenty-Sixth Avenue southtreet> west of Spence Trench, linking with the Canadians on the treet>Bapaume Roadtreet>.
The New Zealand Div attacked with some success near Gueudecourt. 1st (
) Bn linked up with 1/8th Bn, The King’s Regt on the Canterbury treet>Ligny Roadtreet>. 1st (Otago) Bn reached Factory Corner on the treet>Eaucourt L’Abbaye Roadtreet> but lost three companies doing so. The remaining company bombed up Goose Alley. The junction of Goose Alley and Gird Trench remained in German hands.
Thursday 28th September 1916. Day 90
The area of the attack on Schwaben Redoubt. The view is looking north west from the Thiepval monument. Zollern Trench ran through the green field just north of Thiepval village. The British line on 28th September ran roughly along the line of Zollern Trench. The trenches and redoubts are marked in tehir approximate positions.
At 18th Div began an assault on Schwaben Redoubt and surrounding defences. 7th Bn Queen’s Regt was tasked with taking the redoubt itself while 8th Suffolks on the right was to take the Midway Line and 8th Norfolks were the moppers up.
The Suffolks moved quickly through Bulgar Trench but were held up in the assault on Midway Line. Nevertheless at they were almost in the eastern end of the Redoubt. The Queen’s meanwhile had lost their bearings but eventually reached the Redoubt where they occupied the south edge and linked with the Suffolks in Midway Line.
54 Bde sent two companies of 7th
and a party of 1/5th West Bedfords to assault the west face of the redoubt. They also occupied a trench running Yorks tate> north westtate> out of it. During the night these troops fought off a German bombing attack and were relieved by 7th Royal West Kents.
Further east, 32 Bde (11th Div) was tasked with completing the capture of Stuff Redoubt. 8th Bn, Duke of Wellington’s Regt failed to make the start line and the attack was cancelled.
Central Ontario) Bn formed a new line facing north east beyond the Practice Trenches at . At the same time 26th ( tate> New Brunswicktate>) Bn passed through 31st Bn positions and advanced astride Courcelette Trench. Coming under heavy fire from Regina Trench they stopped. Further attempts were made at and with no success. 26th Bn took over 31st Bn positions.
Friday 29th September 1916. Day 91
6th Royal Berkshire Regt and 8th
East Surreysrelieved 8th Suffolks and 7th Queen’s respectively. At 7th Royal West Kent Regt took over the line from 54 Bde from the west face of Schwaben Redoubt to the German front line. By a bombing fight was raging at the redoubt lasting all day.
32 Bde made another attempt to clear Stuff Redoubt and Hessian Trench. Three companies of 6th Yorks & Lancs captured most of the trench but the attack on the redoubt failed.
2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles attacked and captured part of Hessian trench in conjunction with the attack of the Yorks & Lancs. The Germans recaptured part of this gain but were driven out in turn by Canadian bombers.
In 23rd Div, a company of 8th Yorks & Lancs captured Destremont Farm.
Saturday 30th September 1916. Day 92
A German attack at dawn drove the
East Surreysfrom the southern face and the West Kentsfrom the western face of Schwaben Redoubt. A hand to hand fight ensued during which the East Surreysre-took the lost ground. The Hun held onto the western face. At the East Surreysattacked and took the northern face of the redoubt while the West Kentsand two platoons of 7th Buffs failed to retake the west face. At the Germans attacked again and drove the East Surreysback to the entrance to Stuff Trench.
Meanwhile in Stuff Redoubt bombers from 32 Bde attacked at 6th Yorks & Lancs moved west along Hessian Trench. 7th
South Staffordsbombed up Zollern Trench and along the German support trench. A mix of men from 9th West Yorks, 6th Green Howards and 8th Duke of Wellington’s Regt attacked from the south of the redoubt and took all but the north part of it.
1/18thLondon Regt and 2nd New Zealand Rifle Brigade forced the Germans back beyond Flers Switch and Flers Support.
Sunday 1st October 1916. Day 93
Today sees the commencement of the
of Transloy Ridge which lasted until October 18th and the Battle of the Battle which went on to November 18th. Ancre Heights
25th Div attacked Stuff Redoubt while 55 Bde of 18th Div was still fighting in Schwaben Redoubt.
Zero Hour was . In 3rd Canadian Div, 4th and 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles (8 Bde) attacked Regina Trench but were held up by shelling, MG fire and uncut barbed wire. A bombing fight lasting until when the Canadians pulled back.
2nd Canadian Div also attacked the length of Regina Trench in it’s sector. 18th (
Western Ontario) and 20th ( Central Ontario) Bns of 4 Bde advanced 400 yards and dug in. In 5 Bde 22nd (Canadien Francais) Bn lost heavily to shell and MG fire as it advanced. 25th (Nova Scotia Rifles) Bn took Kenora Trench and dug in there while 24th (Victoria Rifles) Bn entered Regina Trench. The 24th however found itself flanked by the Germans when 3rd Div withdrew. The Germans bombed down Regina Trench and at nightfall the Canadians held Kenora Trench only.
Located north east of Courcelette on the
70 Bde of 23rd Div attacked in this area.
11th Bn, Sherwood Foresters and 8th Bn, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry formed up in No Man’s Land and quickly took Flers Trench and Flers Support, linking up with 151 Bde (50th Div) on the right and the Canadians on the left. 9th Bn, Yorks & Lancs came up in support and attempted to get patrols into Le Sars but they were driven back by fire from the houses.
151 Bde meanwhile attacked with 1/6th Bn, Durham Light Infantry and 1/5th Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers. The Durhams entered Flers Trench but were flanked on the right by the Germans. To make matters worse they lost their CO. 1/9th Bn, Durham Light Infantry came up in support and the two battalions secured Flers Trench under command of Lt Col Roland Bradford. Bradford was awarded a VC for his actions and went on to become the British Army's youngest General ever when promoted Brigadier in 1917 aged 25. He was KIA on 30 Nov 1917 at Cambrai. He and his brother George were the only brothers to win VCs in the Great War.
The Fusiliers secured their area without this drama.
Located south east of Le Sars 141 Bde of 47th Div attacked here supported by two tanks.
1/19th London Regt was held up by MG fire, sheltering in shell holes 50 yards from the German Line. The tanks worked along Flers Trench allowing the
to advance and link with the New Zealanders on the Londons treet>Le Barque Roadtreet>. 1/20th London Regt waited for the tanks too and then swept through Eaucourt L’Abbaye and linked with 1/19th Bn. During this attack the tanks were ditched in Flers Trench and so 1/17th London did not have their support on the left flank. Held up by uncut wire and MG fire,a German counter attack drove them back.
Bde attacked north of Flers. 2nd Canterbury Bn captured the junction of Gird Trench and Goose Alley and the eastern section of Circus Trench. 2nd Otago Bn captured a strongpoint called The Circus. Reaching the Le Barque road they were reinforced by 2nd Wellington Bn and linked with the Londoners of 47th Div. The New Zealand attack was supported by 30 oil projectors of Special Bde, Royal Engineers in 12th Div which enveloped the German lines in flames prior to Zero Hour. New Zealand
Monday 2nd October 1916. Day 94
55 Bde barely fought off a German attack in Schwaben Redoubt at dawn.
1/6th and 1/9th Durhams were holding on in Flers Support despite the failure of 47th Div on their right.
At dawn 1/23rd Bn,
Regt launched an unsuccessful dawn attack to try and capture 1/17th London ’s objectives. London
Tuesday 3rd October 1916. Day 95
69 Bde relieved 70 Bde and attempted to bomb up Flers Support beyond the
Patrols of 1/18th Bn, London Regt, which had relieved 1/17th
, reported few Germans in Flers Trench in their area. In the afternoon they advanced and occupied positions north west of the village. London
Wednesday 4th October 1916. Day 96
The fighting continued indecisively at Schwaben Redoubt.
23rd Div made an unsuccessful attempt on Flers Support at Dusk while 47th Div completed the occupation of Flers Trench in it’s sector.
41st Div relieved the New Zealand Div.
Thursday 5th October 1916. Day 97
A bombing attack by 8th Norfolks in Schwaben Redoubt bogged down in the mud.
The division pushed it’s front line forward as far as the mill north west of the village.
Friday 6th October 1916. Day 98
39th Div relieved 18th Div.
A company of 11th Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers (68 Bde, 23rd Div) occupied The Tangle for a short time but was forced to withdraw.
Saturday 7th October 1916. Day 99
A German flamethrower attack on 39th Div in Schwaben Redoubt was repulsed by 16th and 17th Bns of The Sherwood Foresters.
Zero Hour was . 12th Bn, Durham Light Infantry, supported by a tank, entered The Tangle. The tank turned left onto the
treet>Eaucourt L’Abbaye-Le Sars Roadtreet> where it was immediately destroyed by a shell. The infantry bogged down here under MG fire from Le Sars. They dug in on the road while 9th Bn Green Howards and 13th Bn, Light Infantry entered Le Sars and cleared the village by . Meanwhile in the same brigade, 11th Bn, West Yorkshire Regt attacked Flers Support twenty minutes after Zero. They were unable to make any headway until supported by 10th Bn, Duke of Wellington’s Regt. By nightfall 69 Bde held both Flers Trench and Flers support as well as Le Sars. Durham
In conjunction with the 23rd Div assault on Le Sars, 140 Bde of 47th Div made an attempt on the Butte de Warlencourt, an ancient burial mound east of Le Sars which was heavily fortified by the Germans.
1/8th Bn, London Regt led the assault but was halted by MG fire. 1/7th and 1/15th Bns, London Regt came up in support with no more success.
41stDiv attacked Bayonet Trench and Gird Trench. 124 Bde attacked Bayonet Trench with 26th and 32nd Bns, Royal Fusiliers. Running into MG fire these two battalions were forced to dig in half way to the objective. They were reinforced at nightfall by 21st Bn, King’s Royal Rifle Corps and 10th Bn, the Queen’s Regt. The apparent strength of the attack is misleading. All remnants of the four battalions gave the brigade a strength of one battalion.
122 Bde was in similar straits attacking Gird Trench with 15th Hampshire Regt, 11th Royal West Kents, 12th
East Surreysand 18th King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Despite the use of burning oil on the Germans, little progress was made.
12th Div attacked Bayonet Trench and Rainbow Trench in this area. Despite a German MG barrage on the front line at Zero Hour, 8th and 9th Bns, Royal Fusiliers and 6th Buffs made it to their objectives. Later they were forced back.
South of Gueudecourt 20th Div had more success taking Rainbow trench with 6th Bn, Oxs & Bucks Light Infantry and 12th Rifle Brigade. They then advanced and took Misty Trench. 7th Bn, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and 12th Bn, King’s Regt occupied Rainbow Trench and took the sout eastern end of Cloudy Trench, forming a new British frontline which was renamed Shine Trench. It ran from Cloudy Trench west to the
treet>Beaulencourt Roadtreet>. A German attack was fought off at .
56th Div attacked at in conjunction with the French on their right. 168 Bde found it difficult to maintain contactwith the French who were attacking east while the British were advancing north. The London Scottish took some gun pits and the southern end of Hazy Trench. 1/4th and 1/12th Bns, the London Regt were stopped by MG fire. At nightfall London Scottish withdrew after fighting off a counter attack.
In 167 Bde, 1/1st London Regt mostly failed in an assault on Spectrum Trench although their bombers entered the trench and linked with 1/7th Middlesex. They then took the southern section of Rainbow Trench.
Sunday 8th October 1916. Day 100
Zero Hour was . 1st Canadian Div, attacked in cold, heavy rain with 1 and 3 Bde. 3rd (
) and 4th Bns (1 Bde) advanced and captured the Le Sars line from Toronto treet>Dyke Roadtreet> to 400 yards beyond the Quadrilateral. At a German counterattack was driven back but the Canadians withdrew to the assault trenches at dusk. 3 Bde attacked Regina Trench with 13th(Royal Highlanders) and 16th (Canadian Scottish) Bns. The 13th were stopped by barbed wire and withdrew. The 16th entered Regina Trench but withdrew with 3rd Bn.
3rd Canadian Div also attacked Regina Trench with 7 and 9 Bdes. 43rd (Cameron Highlanders) and 58th Bns of 9 Bde entered Regina Trench but were forced back. In 7 Bde 49th (
) Bn and the Royal Canadian Regt entered Kenora Trench but were driven out. Edmonton
Two Companies of 8th Yorks & Lancs (70Bde, 23rd Div) cleared the Flers Trenches and established a post overlooking the Quarry on the Pys road, half a mile
tate> north westtate> of Le Sars. The Quadrilateral meanwhile had been abandoned by the Germans.
1/21st and 1/22nd Bns, London Regt (142 Bde, 47th Div) unsuccessfully attacked Snag Trench. 1/22nd Bn did manage to establish posts on the Eaucourt L’Abbaye to Warlencourt road, linking with 23rd Div.
At 3.30pm 56th Div attacked Hazy Trench, Dewdrop Trench and Spectrum Trench with the London Rifle Brigade, 1/9th Bn, London Regt and 1/3rd Bn, London Regt respectively. All units withdrew to the start line at nightfall. The Germans pushed forward and retook Rainy Trench.
Monday 9th October 1916. Day 101
Stuff Redoubt was overrun and captured by 10th Bn, Cheshire Regt (7 Bde, 25th Div) at . Two German attacks were repulsed in the evening.
39th Div had less luck in Schwaben Redoubt. An attack at by 16th Bn, Sherwood Foresters failed to secure the north face of the redoubt.
My apologies for the gap in posts. I was away for the weekend.
Wednesday 11th October 1916. Day 103
8th Bn, Loyal North
LancashireRegt had relieved the Cheshires in Stuff Redoubt. During the day the North Lancsdrove off numerous German attacks.
Thursday 12th October 1916. Day 104
2nd and 4th Bns (2 South African Bde, 9th Div) attacked Snag Trench but were halted half way to the objective, where they dug in. Also in 9th Div, 7th Seaforth Highlanders and 10th Argyll Highlanders were halted in No Man’s Land as they attacked Little Wood and the
30th Div attacked between Le Sars and Gueudecourt. 2nd Bn, Royal Scots Fusiliers were driven back after a 150 yard advance while 17th Bn, Manchester Regt managed to get small groups into Bayonet Trench, but only temporarily. 17th Bn, The King’s Regt also failed in their advance due to MG fire. 2nd
wass supposed to bomb up Gird Trench but only managed to take a small part of Bite Trench. Bedfords
Nearer to Gueudecourt, 12th Div attacked Hilt Trench with the Newfoundland Regt. The Newfies were attached from 29th Div. They continued the advance to Grease Trench but were forced to withdraw at . They held onto the captured section of Hilt Trench and bombed some way along it before erecting a barricade. Meanwhile 7th Suffolks and 7th Norfolks (35 Bde, 12th Div) were halted by uncut wire in front of Bayonet Trench.
4th and 6th Divisions attacked here with mixed results.
In 6th Div, 2nd Yorks and Lancs attacked Zenith Trench unsuccessfully. 9th Suffolks failed to leave it’s trenches at all. 1st
West Yorksalso failed in it’s attack on Cloudy Trench. Only the 14th Durham Light Infantry succeeded in capturing Rainbow Trench and cleared the treet>Beaulencourt Roadtreet>.
In 4th Div, 1st Royal Warwickshire Regt advanced 500 yards and dug in south of Hazy Trench. The new trench was named Antelope Trench and a German attack on it in the evening was repelled. Meanwhile 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers failed in it’s attack on Rainy and Dewdrop Trenches north east of Lesboeufs. Some of 2nd Duke of Wellington’s Regt entered Spectrum Trench where they linked with 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers. A joint attack by the two battalions on Zenith Trench failed.
Saturday 14th October 1916. Day 106
39th Div attacked in Schwaben Redoubt with 4/5th Black Watch, 1/1st
and 17th King’s Royal Rifle Corps. The fighting lasted from until when the Germans were finally cleared from the Redoubt. To the left of the redoubt the 1/6th Cheshires also pushed the line forward. North east of Schwaben Redoubt 8th Bn Loyal North Lancs (7 Bde, 25th Div) attacked and secured The Mound affording observation over Grandcourt. Cambridge
In the evening 3rd South African Bn attacked and seized 80 yards of Snag Trench and a position called The Pimple.
At 2nd Seaforth Highlanders (10 Bde, 4th Div) entered Rainy Trench and the gun pits south of Dew Drop Trench but were forced out. At the same time 2nd Bn, Royal Dublin Fusiliers failed to take Hazy Trench. Meanwhile in 12 Bde, 1st King’s Own tried a bombing attack down Spectrum Trench with no success.
In 6th Div, 11th
Essextried to bomb up treet>Beaulencourt Roadtreet> but failed.
Sunday 15th October 1916. Day 107
118 Bde in Schwaben Redoubt fought off three German attacks during the day.
In 6th Div, 2nd Sherwood Foresters (71 Bde) captured the gun pits in front of Cloudy Trench in a dawn attack.
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