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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Museum Gains National Quality Award


For the third year in succession, the Lancashire Infantry Museum has gained a prestigious national qualification as a top-class visitor attraction.

The Visit England Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VQAS) has again accredited the Museum as a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction.

The Lancashire Infantry Museum is located in Preston’s historic Fulwood Barracks and represents the former county infantry regiments of central Lancashire.

The VQAS ensures that visitors and tourists enjoy only the highest standards of interest and presentation at participating venues. The Lancashire Infantry Museum has now received quality endorsement every year since joining the scheme.

“The Museum offers the visitor an overall very good quality experience which fully merits the award of accreditation as a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction,” commented the VAQAS inspector, whose report is only compiled following an unannounced visit.

A number of the displays were particularly commended, especially the Afghanistan display which illustrates the recent experiences there of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

The Museum’s specially-themed children’s material was especially effective, with plenty of ‘hands on’ opportunities and ‘dress – up’ situations which were “most impressive!”

The Museum website was highlighted as being ‘confident and very useful’ which would become more and more important.

Singled out for particular praise was the Museum’s ‘very special’ use of the Facebook social media site to provide a near-daily digest of significant historical events for the current date. This unique facility was “admirable” and “quite brilliant,” said the inspector in his report.

“We are delighted that our efforts to make this the best military museum in the North West have again been recognised,” said Jane Davies, Curator of the Lancashire Infantry Museum.

“Gaining this award is not easy. The assessment process is rigorous and examines every aspect of the visitor experience. So we are extremely proud that our mainly-volunteer but very dedicated staff has helped to keep us in the top flight of visitor attractions.

“We know from our ever – increasing numbers of visitors that the regiments which we represent – especially the old East Lancashire, South Lancashire, and Loyal North Lancashire Regiments which fought the two World Wars – mean much to many people.

“As the centenary of World War I approaches, we are planning new developments which will allow us to illustrate the history of Lancashire’s Lads down the centuries even more effectively than we do now.

“Their memory deserves nothing less.”

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