The Story of the 28th Battalion - 1914 - 1917

by G. E. Hewitt

Winter 1916 - 1917


After the Somme fighting the 28th made their third great move, this time northwards, and entered a sector where they were destined to spend many months, which they were to learn to know even better than the Ypres Salient. The last weeks of October 1916, found them in the trenches before the redoubtable Vimy Ridge, on the Souchez front. The new trenches afforded the depleted ranks welcome relief-after Courcelette. They were strangely quiet. Heavy shelling was seldom experienced, and even the rifle and machine gun fire was subdued and spasmodic. Snipers reaped their usual harvest on both sides, and the specialists of the Canadian battalions found many opportunities of exploiting their prowess, notably in periodical raids on the enemy trenches.

Reinforcements began to arrive in batches and vacancies occasioned during September were quickly filled with well-trained officers and men who came up to the traditional standard.

The advent of a spell of cold weather in November witnessed a revival of the accustomed artillery activity and the German long-range guns fired hundreds of rounds daily into the back areas of the Canadian Corps. The enemy was awake again and utilizing his commanding view of the British lines from his pet stronghold.

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