QUOTE (Stebie9173 @ Jul 11 2005, 08:04 PM)
The Croiselles reference came from here:http://www.curme.co.... Cambs Suffolks
Quite a lot of (understandable - it's only an abridged chronology!) gaps in that account, Steve. The Croisilles reference is pretty much a generalisation and the "beginning of 1918" ends on February 9th.
On 21st March, they were in trenches just north of the Sensee River (arrived there 20th March). In the front line trenches, "A Coy" was on the right and "C Coy." on the left. "B" and "D" coys. were in support.
From 5am, they were subjected to a bombardment and gassed, with heavy minenwerfer being used on the battalion.This caused few casualties. The Germans broke through in the lines to the left of the Bn. but were driven back by 7am. At 3pm another half hour "whirlwind" bombardment ensued and another German attack advanced northwards across "C Coy.'s" front. C and B Coy fire took heavy toll of the germans.
Before sunset, C Coy's line that had been temporarily broken had been re-set. Due to news from elsewhere, Orders were recieved to retire and the withdrawal began at 8.30pm.