Posted 17 June 2012 - 09:21 AM
To expand on Justin H post above, information from " The History of the Dorsert Regiment 1914 - 1919"
A raid was planned to take place on the German lines on June 8th 1918 just south of Beaumont Hamel it was to be combined effort of the 6th Dorsets and East Yorks each battalion finding 16 officers and 500 hundred men each.
The area selected was was a frontage of 500 yards and included three lines of trenches to a depth of400 yards, a hugh mine crater ( Hawthorn Crater ) lay in the East Yorks sector whilst in the Dorset's sector lay Y ravine.
The ground had been reconnitered on the ground and by ariel photographs, a model was constructed and poured over by officer's and Nco's nothing was omitted to ensure success.
Zero hour was 22:05 hrs, after a rum ration the Dorset's went over in four lines moving like clock work, under a barrage which moved forward fifty yards every two minutes.
It was a fierce and murderous business of not an hours duration during which time CSM Beck killed 6 Germans and captured another 11from two dugouts.
At zero plus fifty the withdrawl started, the casaulities were quite heavy 2 officers killed 7 officers wounded 9 O/R's killed 110 wounded and 29 missing.
9th September 1918 Dorset's are in an old trench system about 4,ooo yards east of Equancourt , at 05:15 hrs on the 10th September 1918 the brigade was to have attacked
the barrage was fired but thier were no men to follow, two counter attacks were made on D Company up communications trenches were repulsed CSM Beck being in good form.
The front was some 1,000 yards wide patrolling had to be active as the enemy wasdiscovered 200 yards away.
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