1/6th BN Manchester
defended Achiet against the German attack
leicestershire(pioneers)regiment in the
21/3/1918 - 12.10am
Received orders to 'Stand to' in Vaulx-Morchies line.
Companies in position by 5am. The enemy attacked heavily after intense
bombardment (which lasted for about 5 hours) at 8am and established
themselves in position in front of the wire at Vaulx-Morchies
line by the evening. 10pm - Wire, rations, water and ammunition
were sent up to companies original billets. 5.30pm - Received message
from Sgt Barratt ( D Coy) that all officers of the Company had become
casualties and he was in command - reinforcements sent to D Company.
22/3/1918 - 9.30am
Transport moved back, withdraw to Army line. 4pm Transport moved to
Pioneer Camp - Logeast Woods. What remained of
companies to new line. 30 o/r killed, 106 wounded, 81 missing. 4
officers killed, 7 wounded, 4 missing.
23/3/1918 - Fremicourt.
Move to Achiet Le Grand. 2.30am
battalion move off and march via Bapaume, Achiet Le Grand
to Pioneer Camp, Logeast
Wood. Billeted. 9am Enemy broken
through near Mory. Battalion ordered to occupy outpost
positions on the eastern edge of Logeast Wood. 11am Dug
in. 6pm ordered to withdraw to Pioneer Camp.
24/3/1918 - Stood to in
outpost positions in front of Logeast Wood. 11.15am
March to Puisieux-Au-Mont,
entrained for Doullens.
10th tank BN came into action at
le grand with the 42nd division. the
had broken through close to
and the tanks had to counter attack to delay the enemy advance
Museum Bovington "diary and history of the 10th , 3rd BN
diary (1918) are available "
here is a quick summary of the 10th
22.03.1918 to 23.03.1918:
35 tanks,3 broke down arrive at
6am and were camouflaged , BN under orders of
division which was holding the front facing
, camouflage zone heavily shelled no damage
personnel exhausted but good spirits.
2 coys ordered
to withdraw west of
and would come under order of
division , 3 coys ordered
to assist infantry retirement
onto Behagnie -Sapignie line , 6pm on the evening of 24th BN HQ
move to Achiet-le-petit , at that time Bucquoy heavily shelled
and passing through Achiet-le-grand gas was encountered ,
respirators having to be worn , the village being shelled with
HE and gas , the road was almost impassable with artillery and
transport moving West
South west Achiet-le-Grand the
part of the
tanks south west logeast wood
south Achiet (road and railway crossing) , logeast wood heavily
shelled two tanks received direct hits +
one on fire , BN HQ moved from Achiet-le-Petit to Mailly Maillet
, received order to counter attack section 2and 3(4 tanks) on
the north of Achiet the others south , tanks north inflicted
heavy casualties on Germans , tanks section 3 received direct
hits , section 2 both back to logeast wood. Tanks south did good
job , one destroyed ,enemy advancing from direction of
Grevillers , tanks withdrew behind Achiet-le-Petit , general
retirement , logeast wood evacuated at 8.30pm