1st Battalion places of significance on Western Front (forum archive)
|Posted by Muchtodo » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:40 am|
|Good afternoon all,
We are shortly off to the Western Front and I was wondering if there are any places of particular interest that are relevent to the 1st Battalion from the 2 October 1918, through to the end of hostilities?
I would be very upset if we had not managed to get to some important places to see where my great grandfather had fought!!
|Posted by kerchi » Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:43 pm||Kerchi|
In memory of
11th Border Regiment
Who died 1st July 1916.
Hope you have a great trip.
The 2nd October 1918 is close to the end of hostilities anyway and things are well and truly in place for the armistice in just over a month's time from this date. However, just having a quick look I can see that the 1st Battalion were at or near the following places:
It was around this time that there were talks for a cessation of fire, especially with the imminent surrender of Germany.
For ten days the battalion remained in the area of St. Andre and Tourcoing. During the early day of November saw the real beginning of the end of the war where the British and French had broken enemy resistance beyond any means of recovery. Any further hostilities from Germany would have been disastrous and by the 11th November, the 1st Battalion, near Celles, the war diary states: "At 08.30 news came through that hostilites were to cease at 11.00 as the enemy had accepted term for Armitice".
Hope this helps for your plans. If you do take plenty of photos we would be very happy to see some of them on the forum