Composite Battery, 1st
Battalion C.M.G.C., at Liege Review by the
Belgian Chief of Staff.
rendezvous that had been
pledged by the Contemptibles over four years before and which their overseas
cousins were to make good.
There was little to be taken
from the attitude of the enemy but that he was taking his own time to get
to some line of his own choosing for - probably - a winter stand.
For a time on October 20th
the 4th Division was held up just cast of Denain by machine gun and artillery
fire and it wasn't until late in the afternoon that our troops could make
Village after village was
relieved and, although the retiring Germans knew they contained civilians,
they were often viciously and accurately - shelled.
The 1st Division, which had
now been in the line for two weeks without any opportunity to rest and
re-fit since crossing of the Canal du Nord, was relieved on October 22nd
but on the move for at dawn it had continued the pursuit, later to be leap-frogged
by the 3rd Division.
By this date, opposition
had begun to get stiffer. A large area northeast of Valenciennes had been
flooded and to the west of the city the Canal de I'Escaut had been flooded.
To the southwest, beyond the flooded area, the Mont Huoy and the Famars
ridge made a natural defence.
The Canadian Corps report
also indicates that the 22nd Corps on the right had been held up along
the Ecaillon River and the 7th Corps on the left had not been able to make
any great advance, not ...