26th Aug 1918: Allied offensive widened with Second Battle of Arras

The Allied offensive was further widened by the British First and Third Armies attacking over a 7 mile front in what became the Second Battle of Arras. Having been just released from the British Fourth Army on the Somme where they along with the Australians spearheaded the great offensive of 8th August, Lieut.-Gen Currie’s Canadian Corps found itself now in the same role for General Horne’s First Army at Arras. In the first blow of the new Arras offensive the Canadians took Monchy-le-Preux with slight loss while British troops pushed out on the flanks. The Canadians would go on to break the Drocourt – Queant Line on 2nd September.

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