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Click on the link to read about events leading up to the Battle of The Selle.
I have had to place several posts up to give you the various links.
You asked if we could help?
Hopefully we have.
If you need anything else please get back to us. Going now for a lie down in a darkened room!!
Geoff Pycroft
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A short narrative re the lead up to the Battle of The Selle....


" Under the natural cover of darkness, the Germans withdrew towards the River Selle, but did not retreat in haste, leaving numerous machine-gun posts and artillery positions to ensure the pursuit was as difficult as possible. Once across the Selle, they blew all the bridges behind them, dug shallow trenches and then trained all of their artillery and machine-guns on the sites of the bridge.

The German held high ground east of the river was good defensive ground, while the Allies would have to advance over ground with little cover and which sloped downwards to the river. 42nd (East Lancashire) Division were in IV Corps reserve during the inital pursuit to the River Selle, moving forwards on 9th October to relieve the New Zealand Division who had managed to secure a bridgehead at Briastre.

Here they held off several German counter-attacks attempting to retake the crossing, whilst securing further ground themselves so as to protect parties of Royal Engineers building pontoon bridges over the river in preparation for the main attack."



Battle of The Selle

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