More kindly written by Helen Butler.
FIRST PERIOD of HOSPITALISATION and RECOVERY – 12 Weeks
SECOND PERIOD with the NINTH BATTALION – 12 weeks
This was the creeping barrage moving forward at a rate of 100 yards every 6 minutes, so this was also the rate of the troops advancing behind it. As there were three sections with an exact starting time for each, synchronization was doubly important. This plan of attack often did not work well, with so many things to possibly go wrong in co-ordinating 4,000 men and 4,000 guns, plus an enemy lurking ahead. But on this occasion, the Creeping Barrage worked perfectly.
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