Diary September 18, 1916

British infantry attacking through barbed wire

If the German machine-guns were not enough of an obstacle in no-man’s land, the barbed wire could always be relied on to slow down a rushed attack to a slow walk. The standing infantry made ideal targets for enemy machine-gunners and riflemen.

Diary for Monday, September 18, 1916:

Western Front

Battle of the Somme: British Guards Division captures the ‘Quadrilateral’ (to depth of 1,000 yds). French I Corps executes two successful local (evening) surprise attacks and gain ground south and southeast of Combles.

Middle East

Sinai: British raid Bir-el­-Tawal 30 miles south of Kubri.

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