Hesbecourt

Hesbecourt


This is a photograph looking north at Hesbecourt where the Battery remained for a week from 18 September 1918, experiencing very intense activity as the Allied advance closed upon the Hindenburg Line. Walter Wright records "At about this period in the advance we experienced a--to us--new method of artillery concentration. The method adopted was that a number of batteries (the night before an attack was to be made) sent a single gun right forward to within five hundred yards of the trenches, so that the most effective use could be made of these guns when the attack opened in the small hours of the morning. This was a most hazardous operation, and entailed a great deal of hard work and risk for the gunners: manoeuvring a seven-ton gun at night being no light job."

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