April 28, 1917 - Battle of Arleux
Pictured - British cavalry rest on the road.
British and Canadian troops attacked the town of Arleux on April 28, hoping to pin down German reinforcements from heading to the French sectors of the Western Front. Haig reported: “With a view to economising my troops, my objectives were shallow and for a
like reason and also in order to give the appearance of an attack on a
more imposing scale, demonstrations were continued southwards to the
Arras-Cambrai Road and northwards to the Souchez River.” Casualties were moderate for both sides, but after heavy hand-to-hand fighting the Commonwealth forces took their objectives.