4th Nov 1918: NZ Div great success at Le Quesnoy

Le Quesnoy A02535The British Fourth, Third and First Armies with Debeney’s French Army on the right drove the Germans from their line between the Sambre and Scheldt. The artilleries of the Australian 3rd and 4th Divisions were employed with the British 1st and 32nd Divisions in IX Corps. Only the cavalry could now keep up with the retreating Germans. The following day the Australian artillery was withdrawn. Meanwhile the New Zealand Division attacked the fortress town of Le Quesnoy (photograph above right) gaining 10 kms, capturing 2,450 prisoners and 60 field guns which made the 4th November 1918 it’s most successful on the Western Front. The New Zealanders were relieved for the last time in the front line the following day.

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