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Support of Infantry Regiment by a Light Artillery Battalion.
Positions were quickly reconnoitered on the southern side. The batteries crossed the bridge that had just been completed. However, it was no longer necessary to go into position on the south side, because the infantry battalions were advancing without resistance toward Esmery Hallon. Liaison with the commander of the infantry regiment was reestablished.
The batteries advanced at a trot. They received the following verbal order:
“Keep marching ! Pursuit! General direction Esmery Hallon !
“7th Battery will establish liaison with 1st Infantry Battalion; 8th Battery with 2d Infantry Battalion.
In case of new enemy resistance, act independently.”
The foremost (2d) infantry battalion reached Esmery-Hallon and soon left the village at the southern edge in developed order. At this point, it was resisted by enemy machine-gun fire coming from the Bois de l’Hopital, two kilometers south of the town. The 8th Battery, following closely upon the heels of the 2d Infantry Battalion, was at this moment proceeding through the town with its point at the southern exit and rear at the northern exit north of the church. The 9th Battery was a short distance behind the 8th Battery.
Source: Fuentes: Battle of the Somme. Maj. Reinicke. Foreign Military Digests. Vol XXI. Nº 83.
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