Posted 17 March 2012 - 12:38 PM
In debate with a colleague over casualty figures and the British official history. In the case 32nd Division Edmonds records total casualties of 2,826 for the period 21 March to 5 April 1918. Of these 2,545 were wounded. My colleague, with access to battalion, brigade and division war diaries, contends there is no mention of any action apart from the 'Capture of Ayette' which produced very few casualties; indeed such casualties are not recorded. Other possibilities would seem to be the 97th Brigade being hit hard (maybe gas?) when attached to 31st Division on 28 March? Does anyone have an facts on if, where and how these very high casualties were incurred?