Very busy with secret maps “pour le grand avance”.
We make considerable gains in the Ancre. Capture 761 prisoners & 12 officers.
*The Ancre is a river of Picardy, France. Rising at Miraumont, a hamlet near the town of Albert, it flows into the Somme at Corbie. The Battle of the Ancre, 13–18 November, was the final large British attack of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, before winter. After the Battle of the Ancre , British attacks on the Somme front were stopped by the weather. During the rest of 1916 and early January 1917, military operations by both sides were mostly restricted to survival in the rain, snow, fog, mud fields, waterlogged trenches and shell-holes. British operations on the Ancre from 10 January – 22 February 1917, forced the Germans back 5 miles (8.0 km) on a 4 miles (6.4 km) front, and eventually took 5,284 prisoners. On 22/23 February the Germans fell back another 3 miles (4.8 km), soon resulting in their complete withdrawal from the region.