Cité St Pierre, December 2, 1917

Sunday    It has turned very cold today just now everything is quiet 11 pm

And it has been a quiet day – “very slight hostile activity”– according to headquarters (1) Nevertheless, the 51st battery had engaged, effectively, it is reported, three hostile trench mortars, and also fired on a dispersed an “ammunition-carrying party.” (2) An unusual amount of activity was noted on the railway line which ran north from Rantigny (near Paris) to Courrières, northeast of Lens, (2) activity which probably meant troop movements.

noeux les mines IWM

Eight miles (13 km) from Lens, and well behind the Allied front lines, Noeux-les-Mines is shelled by a German high velocity gun. “Little damage was done.” (1)

The photograph, taken today, shows a row of ruined houses on rue St Omer, Noeux les Mines. © IWM Q 55473

 

(1) War Diary of the Fifth Canadian Divisional Artillery. Vol. 11:5-6 December 2, 1917. Library and Archives of Canada.
(2) War Diary of the 13th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. Vol. 11: 3. December 2, 1917. Library and Archives of Canada.

Copyright 2017. See “More about this project.”

 

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