War Diary

31st Battalion

Friday, August 09, 1918

6th Regiment, 2nd Canadian Division

Near Amiens
Clear, bright, inclined to be cloudy with an East wind
Map Reference:
Sheet Harbonniers 1/40000 BLUE LINE
Enemy shelled our line at daybreak, but very little damage was done. All of the companies reported everything O.K. at 4:30 a.m. No enemy movement noticed. Enemy snipers very active, but our snipers soon put them out. One prisoner was taken by “C” Company about 2:30 a.m. He belonged to 26th Battalion, ?? stretcher bearer. Was in a state of collapse, was forwarded to Brigade and examined. From 5:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., enemy shelled the hills and valleys in rear of Amiens old line of defense with heavy artillery.
The C.O. attended a conference of Battalion Commanders and instructions were issued for the 2nd Canadian Division to attack enemy at 11:00 a.m. 1st objective, Light Railway East of Rosieres & should situation permit to push on, the final objective being CHAULNES-BOILLIALY(?). Boundaries were Harbonnieres-Rosieres and Caix-Rosieres road junctionsto the Light Railway about 1300 yards south. Australians attacking on left, 5th Canadian Infantry Brigade on right, 5 tanks going forward with the 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade. See Bn. O.O. No. 275 attached.
At 11:00 a.m. sharp our Battalion jumped off, and started forward. The tanks did not go forward with the men, they were too slow coming up. We met with very heavy machine gun fire, and for a while were checked. Urgent messages were sent back for tanks, but they did not arrive. The order was given to advance, and the Battalion attacked Rosiere with the bayonet, arriving on the outskirts about 1:30 p.m. , where very heavy fighting took place, bayonet versus Machine Gun. After crossing the main road, the enemy attempted a counter attack but was badly cut up by our Lewis Guns, whereupon we attacked at once, and by 2:30 p.m. were well into the Town, where the enemy put up a very stout resistance with machine guns, but our men had their blood up, and by 4:30 p.m. we had cleared the village, and had advanced to about 600 yards beyond. The 28th Canadian Battalion pushed through us, and advanced to about 1000 yards further where they dug in. At 9:00 p.m. we had instructions to move forward and take over out-post line from 28th Battalion, and they to take over from us. By 12 midnight the change was complete. The remainder of the night was quiet. We connected up with the 27th Canadian Battalion on our left flank, and the 22nd Canadian Battalion on our right.
We captured many prisoners, guns, and machine guns, and piles of stores.
Our total causalities for the day were heavy, being:
Officers killed: 3
Officers wounded: 12
Other Ranks killed and wounded: 235
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