The Great World War A History, Part IX

The Spring Campaign of 1915225 CHAPTER XII FROM YPRES TO FESTUBERT (M ay-Ju n e 1915) Lost Opportunities— Battles o f Rougebanc and Festubert—Joint Offensive with the French— Its Main Object— British Lack o f H igh-explosive Shells at Rougebanc— How the Kensington Territorials distinguished Themselves— Fighting against Hopeless Odds—Some Gallant Deeds and Decorations— Two Victoria Crosses for the Black Watch— The Kensingtons Vain Sacrifices— Failure to advance South of Neuve Chapelle— More Heroic D eeds—The French Success— British Offensive resumed at Festubert —A Double Attack— The Offensive at Richebourg—How 100 Prisoners were captured by Nine Men— Irresistible Advance of the 7th Division North of Festubert— Magnificent Stand of the Scottish Regiments— The Tragic Romance of “Thomas Hardy” —Grenadiers in their Element— The Epic of the 15th Ludhiana Sikhs— Lieutenant Sm yths Charmed Life—The Canadians Lat a Quinque Rue— How the 3rd Canadian Brigade took the Orchard—The 2nd Canadian Brigade at Givenchy— The Deadly Struggle for“ B exh ill”— With the London Territorials at Givenchy— Their Battle Honours at Festubert— Close of the Battle of Festubert— Work of the 3rd Army Corps— Summer at the Front— Renewed Attacks East of Ypres—T he Fighting at Hooge in June— Losses and Honours of the Honourable Artillery Company and Liverpool Scottish— Fine Work by Famous Regiments— Our Renewed Offensive at Festubert— How Lance-Corporal Angus won the V.C.'—The Fight for “Stony Mountain”— Dogged Courage of L an ca­ shire Territorials— Capture of “Stony Mountain” by the Canadians— “Dominion Day ”at the Front. THE net result of the fight­ing on the British front in northern France and Flan­ders during the first half of 1915 was to leave things on the whole very- much as they were. Only once— at Neuve Chapelle —did our offensive look like breaking through on abroad enough front to affect the whole manGer­ line only once did the Germans themselves— in their first great gas attack at Ypres which followed Neuve Chapelle— have a similar chance and in each case as already described the golden opportunity was lost. The story of the fighting on the British front from this point to the end of June is chiefly centred round the two military episodes which developed be­fore the Second Battle of Ypres had subsided —the British offensive be­tween Rougebanc (north-west of Fromelles) and Givenchy which failed and the British offensive at VOL. III. Festubert which succeeded. Both operations carried the tide of battle to the southern end of the British line. There the First Army under Sir Douglas Haig joined hands with the French left and was now co-operating in the general plan of attack which the Allies were conjointly conducting on aline extending from the north of Arras to the south of Armentieres. It has been reasonably inferred that it was partly to forestall and frustrate this joint attack that the Second Battle of Ypres was renewed and prolonged by the Germans who almost invariably replied to the Allies offensive atone point by a strong local counter-offen­sive elsewhere. Sir John French brackets both operations of the First Arm yon the southern British inline May 1915, as one battle extending from the 9th to the 25th and explains that it was undertaken in pursuance of his pro- 113-114
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