Beaucourt by Michael Renshaw

By Michael Renshaw

Beaucourt is likely one of the final components of the conflict of the Somme nonetheless to be coated, beforehand, by means of the luxurious Battleground Europe sequence. It used to be additionally one of many final activities of the conflict of the Somme, 1916.The eventual catch of Beaucourt in addition to Beaumont Hamel pressured the Germans to retreat to their new defensive line often called the Hindenburg Line. Readers are taken on a voyage of discovery during the village of Beaucourt and alongside the banks of the Ancre towards Cambrai.

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A division in the British Army has three brigades. In the 1914-1918 war a brigade was commanded by a brigadier general. Until early 1918 each brigade contained four infantry battalions making a total of twelve plus one pioneer battalion. A battalion would be under the direction of a lieutenant colonel, with a major as second in command. The adjutant would normally be a captain or lieutenant. The total strength of a battalion would be just over one thousand, although this was rarely achieved. Each battalion also had a machine gun section with a lieutenant in command, and a support section with signallers and stretcher bearers etc.

BRITISH ARMY ORGANISATION An abridged version is given here to assist the reader follow the battle narrative. An army consists of a number of corps, which, in turn are made up of divisions, which was normally commanded by a major general. A division in the British Army has three brigades. In the 1914-1918 war a brigade was commanded by a brigadier general. Until early 1918 each brigade contained four infantry battalions making a total of twelve plus one pioneer battalion. A battalion would be under the direction of a lieutenant colonel, with a major as second in command.

We were told that the Germans had taken back the front line we took less than an hour ago. We were ordered back. We dumped all our heavy stuff and made our way out over the railway lines to the river bank. Down by the bank we found some of the 12/Rifles. Some of the men who went back…made it to the ditch [gully] where they found men of the 12/Rifles. The Fusiliers and the Rifles put down a covering fire which helped some of us caught beyond the German front lines to make it down to the river bank and back to our own front lines.

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