Sunday, 28 August 2016

22nd AUGUST 1916 – ON THIS DAY IN RWF HISTORY Battle of High Wood

Battle of High Wood, France, 1916

The 2nd Battalion drove the whole of one German battalion and part of another out of the wood. The survivors established themselves at the far side of the wood but were ordered to withdraw because their gains ‘were outside the scheme of the day’s attack’. They did not have the fields of fire to drive off a strong German counter-attack and had to fall back. 706 all ranks went into the wood; less than a hundred came out unwounded.

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