This plan forms part of the 17th Battalion, Manchester Regiment Was Diary and shows the timing and plans for the British artillery bombardment. The German infantry were seen to retire behind the front line during the bombardment and then retook their positions when the creeping bombardment moved onwards and the Manchesters and Royals Scots Fusiliers advanced.
It appears Arthur Bell’s A Company assaulted Zone B. We don’t know if III Platoon was held back by CSM Ham to hold the line from counter-attack. None of the company advanced more than 20 yards before being scythed down by machine gun fire. Arthur Bell received his ‘Blighty Wound’ here. Remembering all the men that died.
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