Cité St Pierre, December 1, 1917

Saturday    Heinie was fairly active today, the day otherwise passed fair and likewise the night no mail yet this week am in the pink 

Hulluch trenches IWM

The Germans attempt a raid today, under cover of a box barrage — three lines of fire to protect the front and flanks of an advancing party. They do not reach the Allied trenches, though they do overrun a post and capture its Lewis [machine] gun.  Later in the day, Percy’s 55th, together with the 51st, fire on and scatter an enemy working party. (1) Their fire on the German trenches at Hulluch, north of Lens, does not provoke much reaction: “There was very little come-back on the enemy’s part.” (2)

(1) War Diary of the 13th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. Vol. 11: 3. December 1, 1917. Library and Archives of Canada.
(2) War Diary of the Fifth Canadian Divisional Artillery. Vol. 11: 4. December 1, 1917. Library and Archives of Canada.

The aerial photograph © IWM (Q 45786) shows German (centre) and British trenches (left) between Hulluch and Loos as they were in July 1917. The photograph very clearly shows how the trenches are constructed  trench profile.JPGto prevent a blast from travelling the length of trench and destroying everything and everyone in it:

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