Follow the preparations for the the Battle of Arras through the words of the actual War Diary written at the time.

November-December 1916
January 1917
February 1917
March 1917
April 1917
Unit War Diary: April 1917
  • all construction completed and all lighting etc. checked
  • gas doors, gas curtains fitted to end of tunnels, machine guns in place
  • cover to be blown from tunnels at zero hour
  • access into enemy tunnels to be blown to provide routes to trenches
  • battle commences 9 April
  • Tunnellers work on Arras-Cambrai road, frequently shelled
  • Lt. Durant's grave found at St. Laurent-Blangy
  • Sgt. Pownceby presumed buried in same grave