War Diaries – 21st Bn. CEF

21st Bn, CEF-Friday, August 16, 1918

The morning of August 16th passed very quietly with the aircraft very active. In the afternoon the brigade was ordered to advance its line East as far as the Railway in conjunction with the 1st Canadian Division on our right. This action commenced at 4.30p.m. with the 19th Canadian Battalion attacking and two companies of the 18th and 20th Canadian Battalions in close support. The remainder of the 18th and 20th Canadian Battalions and this Battalion were held in Reserve. Our Battalion supplied the evacuation party for this operation, consisting of Lieutenants A.Cokeram, D.S.O. and W. Trollope.M.M. and eighty other ranks. In this operation the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade were successful in capturing the village of Fransart, after strong opposition, sustaining only moderate casualties.  The troops found to be opposing us in this operation were the 2nd Jaegars of the Alpine Corps. Troops supposed to be equally as good as the renound Brandenburg Cockchaffeurs.

Image: Canadians advancing during the Battle of Amiens. French troops in foreground, Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.

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