War Diaries – 21st Bn. CEF

21st Bn. CEF- Monday, August 5, 1918

During the morning move it was particularly noticed that congestion of traffic was general. Artillery, infantry, tanks and ammunition columns, which at that time were understood to have been the case for the past two nights. Evidently enemy reconnaissance had noticed this, as during the move enemy shelling of our rear areas was very heavy.  At 2.00pm August 5th, advanced parties left the Battalion to reconnoiter positions into which the Battalion would move on the night of August 5th/6th. This move being completed at 12 midnight. During the move enemy harassing fire was very heavy, resulting in the following 18 killed and 8 other ranks wounded. Casualties occurring when a shell struck a small ammunition dump on the side of the track on which Nos 1 and 2 Platoons were moving.

Image: Canadians near Monchy [France] waiting to go forward. Advance East of Arras August, 1918, Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.

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