Hide Articles List

10 articles on this Page

Advertising

[No title]

AFTER COMBLES- I THIEPVAL.

[No title]

AN INTERNATIONAL IN ] FRANCE

HOW MAMETZ WAS CAPTURED.

News
Cite
Share

HOW MAMETZ WAS CAPTURED. Work of a Welsh Regiment. In an account of the gallant part playNt by the Welsh Regiment in the capture of Mametz Wood, one of the Battalion officers who is at present in Swansea rB- marked to a "Leader" reporter that it would be difficult to imagine a tougher proposition than the task set the lads. The Battalion went into action on July 10th before dawn. They were occupying a position known as Whito Ti-ench-,in old German trenchâwhere they had spent two nights. Their objective was a strip of the wood, 1,000 yards in length, deviat- ing to the north, and the country in be- tween was of a difficult character. Our advance," the officer remarked, U was preceded by a heavy bombardment by our artillery from 3.30 to 4.15 a.m. We left the trench for the attack at five min- utes paqt four, having 1,000 yards to go -be. fore reaching the wood. We had ten minutes to cover that distance. We had to go down a steep bank into thQ valley and then up again to the wood. The bar- rage was so beautifully timed that it onlv lifted five seconds before our company got in. We had advanced in eight waves, twflt platoons in each wave. We got into ,th9" wood and pushed right through our por- tion to the other end, a, distance of abousti a mile. As we advanced stage by stage to the cross-roads the barrage kept on lifting. We held the wood with comparatively small numbers, supported by other bri- gades on the right and left, until foufi o'clock the next, morning, when we wera relieved. A battalion supported us very, well." Describing the ordeal the Battalions went through in the advance, our in- formant remarked that what with on own and the enemy's barrage, the wQOdi was a maw of artillery fire. Hand-to- hand fighting and bombing took placai right throughout the wood. The wood! was extraordinarily thick, the Gernta" had tied the. branches of the trees to- gether, and it was extremely difficult to* forco a passage through. Moreover, thrrA were concealed machine-guns in the c-op-o pices on either side of the front of thai wood.

RUMANIA^ GAINS !

CORRESPONDENCE. ;

MESSRS. R. E. JONES, LTD.…

[No title]