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The Battle for Arras.
Due to the numerical superiority of the enemy both columns began retreating to the north of the city. The forces of General Petret began to realize that they will not be able to hold Arras much longer. In a situation such as existed at Arras, with the greater part of the city in flames, and with the hourly dive bombing attacks, the defense was becoming increasingly difficult. German units had already reached the suburbs and there was some talk of organizing the final stand at the railroad station.
At 1:30 AM on 24 May a messenger from General Gort brought to General Petret the order to retreat. Only two hours remained before dawn, but the evacuation of the city took place in the fullest order. The units began retreating along the road to Douai; however just outside the limits of Arras it was found that the bridge across the la Scarpe river was prematurely blown up. At first this was regarded as a disaster. Later, however, this was found to be extremely fortunate because a reconnaissance detail consisting of some 20 men, which had crossed the river over the demolished bridge, had been captured by the Germans who had arranged an ambush on this very road. Thereupon, the retreating units were transferred to the only remaining road leading to Henin. By then the Germans had completely encircled Arras.
During the whole morning the units of General Petret, together with the remains of the 5th and 50th Divisions, were moving in a solid mass along this narrow road. Thanks to a turn of good luck there was not one German plane to be seen in the sky and the British units reached the region north of Douai without losses.
Sources: The Battle for Arras. [“Bor’ba za Arras”. Translated from the Russian by Lieutenant Joseph Dasher, ORC, from Krasnaya Zvyezda, 22 November1940]. Foreign Military Digests. Vol XXI. Nº 81.
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