|had to throw a defensive
flank to the south, 3,500 yards of which were occupied by the 27th Battalion
and 1,500 yards by the 29th Battalion. Guemappe was captured by 4 p.m.
and Wancourt Tower and the top of Heininel Ridge by 4.40 p.m. of a long
day of heavy fighting, and a big factor in the doubtful last stages proved
to be an extemporary barrage laid down by the 2nd Canadian Divisional Artillery
(Brig.-Gen. H. A. Panet). During the night the brigade captured Egret trench,
securing a good jumping off trench in which 500 dead Germans were found
next day. The brigade had given a fine example of a new-found versatility
in attack that was to mark the Canadian Corps in many days of hard fighting
to come when it turned directly south in a complete change of direction
to sweep up Wancourt Ridge. It was at this juncture that a gap occurred
in divisional boundaries and the Canadian Independent Force (Brutinel),
operating along the Arras-Cambria road, filled until the situation was
The 4th C.I.B. was through
the first German line half an hour after zero and rushed Chapel Hill, a
machine gun strong point. The brigade's casualties were light and they
went on fighting into the night, getting a footing on Heininel Heights,
from where the crossing of the Cojuel River could be commanded.
Batteries of No. 3 Company,
2nd Battalion, C.M.G.C., saw plenty of close-up action. "J" Battery went
forward with the 21st Battalion and saw no action until reaching Nova Scotia
trench and then six guns took on a duel with numbers of enemy machine guns
which were soon silenced.
"M" Battery found at daybreak
that they had pushed beyond their objective and withdrew to better positions
in rear of Minorca trench. The battery had escaped casualties even though
the positions came under heavy shell fire all afternoon. "K" Battery encountered
heavy machine gun fire from the left about 2,000 yards from the start and
did not get forward until two tanks waddled up and put these guns out of
action, killing the crews. During the afternoon the battery fired behind
Guemappe while the 18th Battalion was attacking the village.
"L" Battery followed the
18th Battalion and came into action at Nova Scotia trench, where Lieut.
Bell on the right of the battalion front rushed an enemy machine gun and
killed the crew. He had been severely wounded before this but insisted
on carrying on and later in the day was killed. In all 40 prisoners were
captured here by "L" Battery crews and bombers. The battery employed direct
overhead fire with good effect. Later on the battery was to replenish its
ammunition supply from tanks that had been knocked out. At Gordon Avenue
the battery guns were finally mounted. Besides Lieut. Bell ...