Villequer-Aumont


Villequer-Aumont

After arriving at the railway station at Flavy-le-Martel on 23 February 1918, the Heavies marched the same day to Villequier-Aumont, 6 kms to the south.

This photograph gives a general view of Villequier-Aumont where the Heavies established their wagon lines in February/March 1918. In the words of Walter Wright's narrative "Being spring, the fields were luxurious with corn, grass and wild flowers, and the whole countryside made a lovely picture...". Although these weeks were relatively peaceful for the Heavies, rumours abounded that the Germans were preparing a big attack and on 19 March 1918 the Battery received a telegram from Third Corps, Heavy Artillery, stating that a German attack was expected in the next two or three days.

The attack, part of Die Kaiserschlacht - the Imperial Battle and the last major German offensive - materialised at daybreak on 21 March 1918. All Sections of the Heavies were in action for most of the day, hampered initially by heavy fog, but German pressure was so strong that by 23 March 1918 the battery was forced to fall back from Villequier-Aumont, the start of a withdrawal that lasted for 6 days and covered more than 40 kms, the most difficult and ardous conditions that the Heavies were to experience during the war.

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