This Day In History

1918 Battle of the Selle. In a carefully-planned attack, rehearsed over 5 days, 5th East Lancashires mount a remarkably successful night assault near Briastre. They move off at 2 a.m., in a heavy downpour which lasted throughout the engagement, to the sound of the Regimental March being played by the battalion band. Met by heavy machine-gun fire and an artillery barrage which causes 50 casualties, they charge through with a yell and are on their final objective well before the 7 a.m. deadline set, taking 300 prisoners in the process. Casualties are 2 officers and 13 men dead, and 6 officers and 109 men wounded. Some 22 German dead were counted on the battalion front. Study of the ground the next day shows that the battalion had gone through no fewer than 6 defensive belts, including a very strongly-held railway embankment, before reaching its final objective. The 300 prisoners were ‘of far better physique and appearance’ than any of the enemy previously encountered, and turn out to be picked troops. They said that they were members of Kaiser Wilhelm’ bodyguard; that they had never before known defeat; and that they had been sent to hold the line at all costs.
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Chapter 11 – CRIMEAN WAR 1854-55

The 30th and 47th formed part of the army despatched to the Crimea in1854. They advanced gallantly and side by side at the battle of Alma and fought with great determination and success in the confused close quarter battle of Inkerman, where the Regiments’ first Victoria Crosses were won by Lieutenant Walker of the 30th and Private McDermond of the 47th. Having endured the cruel winter of 1854/55, both Regiments took a prominent part in the siege of Sevastopol, the capture of which virtually ended the war. The 82nd also joined the army in the Crimea in 1855.

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