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Looking east towards Riencourt les Cagnicourt
Designed as a diversionary attack whilst the British attacked Srras on 9th April 1917, it was intended to catch assumed German retreat eastwards from Arras.
62/Div W. Riding to attack west of Bullecourt and 4/Aus. Div to attack to east with tanks supporting both attacks. Maj.Gen White of 1/Anzac Corps wanted Queant to the east attacked as well as was concerned about enfilading German artillery fire: was assured that this artillery would be destroyed though attack delayed until 12th to enable this process.
Initial success at Arras encouraged Gough to bring attack forward to 0430 on 10th. PLan was for 12 tanks to advance without artillery barrage with troops behind. In event tanks got lost and attack postponed for 24 hrs. On 11th only three tanks arrived and none reached the objectives being attacked: however Australians advanced nonetheless and by 0700 had taken all their assigned positions.
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Sgt. Alvin C York, Medal of Honour
Sgt. Alvin York: Medal of Honour
On Oct 8th 1918 2/Batt 328/Infantry was ordered to attack west from Ch-Ch towards a railway which was suppling the German forces encircling elements of 308/Infantry of 77/Division - the 'Lost Battalion' - near Binarville.
Cpl. Alvin York managed to penetrate the German lines to the south of his units line of advance where he came under fire from a machine gun: York returned fire with his rifle and when charged by a group of Germans proceeded to shoot them with his.45 Colt automatic. In all he killed 21 men and then with the remnants of his squad took 132 Germans as prisoner and it was for this feat he received the Medal of Honour.
THis is the track along which York marched his 132 captives
Les Eparges - St. Mihiel
Les Eparges: the 34 mine craters on the ridge of the Les Eparges make this one of the most intensely mined areas of the Western Front.
When the Saint-Mihiel Salient was formed in September 1914, just to the east of Les Eparges, was the ridge that marked the northwest border of the Salient.
The French attacked the ridge on 17th February 1915, but the Germans clung to the spouthern slopes and mining began. On 9th and 10th April 1915, Eighth Infantry Regiment took the eastern spur of Les Eparges known as Point X -GR 0691412 5438042. On 24th April 1915, the Germans attacked on from the west and finally took the village. The ridge itself was very heavily mined and there are some 34 craters in total.
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