War Diaries – 2nd Bn. CEF

2nd Bn, CEF-Tuesday, September 3, 1918

Orders were received that the 3rd Brigade would relieve the 1st Brigade, and during the night the BN.H.Q. moved to the White Chateau, Cagnicourt. Later verbal instructions were received that the 4th Bn. Would attack the Buissy Switch with the Battalion as support, and, if the attack were successful, the high ground West of the Canal du Nord would be occupied by the 2nd Bn. Shortly after 1:00p.m. the 4th Bn. was reported to be advancing. and companies moved off from the assembly area. Crossing the valley between the Bois de Bouce, Bois de Loison and the Buissy Switch was accomplished but not without great difficulty, and unfortunately, not a few casualties. Enemy shelling increased until barrage rate was attained and intense machine gun fire was encountered. The advance now developed from the regular formation to short section rushes until Paulin Wood was reached, and the position consolidated. Night passed uneventfully. Transport and Details at Upton Wood. Weather: Fair.

Image: Canadians advancing on the Arras front. Advance East of Arras. September, 1918, Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.

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