RJP: 62 Div: Cambrai + Latest
edit 8 Apr 2010
Cambrai (See Map 1)
spent the next month resting or in reserve behind the Arras front. On 4.12.17 they entrained at Frémicourt
for the Arras - Bailleulmont
area, where they came under XVII Corps, the left flanking corps of 3rd
Army. Two days later they were transferred to XIII Corps,
the right flanking corps of 1st Army, and camped in the Frévin-Capelle
area. On 8.12.17 they were again transferred, this time to I Corps, whose
sector lay immediately to the north of XIII Corps, and camped at Vendin-lès-Béthune.
Then on 17.12.17 they returned to XIII Corps and stayed in the Monchy-Breton
area. From 20 to 31.12.17 they were in XIII Corps Reserve. On 31.12.17 they
were warned to prepare to relieve 56
Div in the Oppy
sector just north of Arras.
They travelled to the front via Tinques, Maroeil and Roclincourt
and relieved 56 Div
between 5 and 9.1.18. From 9.1.18 to 8.2.18 they carried out routine trench
duties on what was then a quiet front.
In this map
and satellite photograph, Gavrelle lies at the centre
with Oppy the next village to the north and Arras towards the bottom
left. The River Scarpe flows eastwards from Arras across the broad lowland. For much of
the war, the front bowed around Arras
through the vicinity of the Autoroutes from top left, through the interchange, to
centre bottom. Vimy
Ridge lies in the top left, from the wood northwards.
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