The morning of August 7th being very fine our aircraft was more active than usual. Enemy aerial activity was below normal. In the morning, reconnoitering parties from Scout Section and Companies were sent out in order that as many as possible should be acquainted with the area to be attacked. During the period of reconnaissance, it was particularly noticed that the 50th Australian Battalion were holding the line very lightly. With the object that in the event of enemy raids, and captures being made, no identification regarding the disposition of the Australian Corps or of Canadians being in the immediate vicinity would be obtained.
Image: The surrounding country of Arras. November, 1917, Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.