Unusual aerial and artillery activity prevailed during August 6th. Lieutenant Young, No. 8 Squadron, Royal Air Force was forced to land near us. He sustained minor injuries and was directed to 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Headquarters. From which he returned to his squadron. On the morning of August 6th, a conference of Brigade Unit Commanders was held at Brigade Headquarters. Boise L’Abbe at which detailed instructions were verbally promulgated regarding the forthcoming attack on the enemy positions; also instructions were issued, at this time, to Battalion Commanders that as many reconnoitering parties as possible were to be sent out with a view to taking assembly positions. On return from Brigade Conference, the Commanding Officer immediately held a meeting of all Company and Section Commanders. During this time Operation Order No. 199 had been issued for the attack.
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.
August 4th in Boutiliere, a small village 2.5 miles South East of Amiens. 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Headquarters was situated in the South East portion of Amiens. The Battalion were billeted in an old munitions factory in which, at that time a party of French troops were working to evacuate the machinery. A number of the officers of the Battalion, including the Officer Commanding, were billeted in the convent at Cagny, which at that time was still inhabited. The Commanding Officer, attended, in the afternoon a conference in Brigade Headquarters. After his return a meeting of Company and Section Commanders was held and verbal information regarding impending operations was given. At 9.00p.m. the Battalion moved to Bois L’Abbee relieving the 16th Australian Battalion in Brigade Support by 3.35a.m
On account of rain, the Battalion rested and Pay Parade was held.
August 1st found the Battalion in Fluy with A and B Companies in Seux, a distance of 1.5 miles from Battalion Headquarters which were located in the old Chateux, Fluy. At 9.00a.m. the Battalion proceeded to the Tank Demonstration Area near Picquigny, a march of 6.5 miles from Fluy. Arriving there at noon and having lunch in the field. At 2.00pm a lecture was given by the officer commanding No. 14 Tank Battalion giving general description of co-operation between Infantry and Tanks in Action…