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'Two Minor Demonstrations': The 1/1st Cambridgeshire battalion's raids on the Ancre, 16/17th Sept. 1916

Durey, M. (2011) 'Two Minor Demonstrations': The 1/1st Cambridgeshire battalion's raids on the Ancre, 16/17th Sept. 1916. Stand To! The Journal of the Western Front Association, 91 . pp. 5-11.

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Abstract

Trench raiding was an integral but controversial tactic in warfare on the Western Front during the Great War: This article examines the experiences of the 1/1st Battalion of the Cambridgeshire Regiment in 1916, focusing on two raids carried out simultaneously on one night just to the north of the River Ancre at a time when most British resources were concentrated further south on the Somme. Occurring between two major actions on this section of the front, they were part of a wider policy that sought British domination of no man's land. The raids, however; were calamitous and resulted in the deaths of four officers, ensuring that, as far as officers of the battalion were concerned, small actions were as potentially fatal as full-scale battles on the Western Front during 1916.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Western Front Association
Copyright: 2011 Courtesy of the Trustees of the Western Front Association
Publishers Website: http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/13819
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