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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FUTURE OF THE LANCASHIRE INFANTRY MUSEUM – STATEMENT BY THE TRUSTEES

On 7 November 2016 the Ministry of Defence announced the closure and disposal of Fulwood Barracks by 2022.

This does NOT mean that Lancashire Infantry Museum, which with its predecessors has been located in the Barracks for the past 90 years, will also close. The Museum Trustees fully intend that the Museum will continue in existence.

We are an independent charitable organisation occupying premises within the Barracks on a lease from the Ministry of Defence. We very much hope that we may continue to be located at the Fulwood Barracks site in whatever future form that may take. However, if this proves not to be possible, then the Ministry of Defence is legally committed to re-locating us in suitable and appropriate accommodation elsewhere, and we have received ministerial confirmation that this obligation will be honoured.

Please be assured that, whatever the future of Fulwood Barracks:

• The Museum is not threatened with closure either now or in the foreseeable future.
• The Trustees will continue to hold and display donated material to at least the present standards of access and security.
• We continue to welcome new donations and financial support .

We are touched and grateful for the great wave of support which the Museum has received since the announcement was made. We are most appreciative, and hope for to your continuing support during the difficult years which lie ahead.

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