Cyril Dennys in Somme - 20 March, 1918

from Forgotten Voices of the Great War, page 265:

Apart from a bit of gratified conceit, I did realise that it was going to be not like, but much worse than, the battles of Ypres, because the odds were much greater against us. I felt sure that the Germans would make a strong effort when the time came. Well, on the evening of the 20th of March I went to the billets to spend the night there and wait for the orders to go forward. We knew the attack was coming the next day. I felt awful. There were no other officers of the battery in the billet. I was entirely by myself, and was trying to face up to what I knew was going to be a very …   more >>
cite as

Max Arthur (ed.), Forgotten Voices of the Great War (London, 2002), p. 265. accessed: 25 May, 2024

location of experience: Somme


Cyril Dennys

Experience Information

Date/Time 20 March, 1918
Medium live
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary


Lieut. Dennys (Royal Garrison Artillery) is referring to the German 'Operation Michael' which began on 21 March 1918, launching the Spring Offensive and the 'First Battle of the Somme 1918'.

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:03:21 +0100