27: “X” day. There was a bombardment followed by a “smoke cloud” early this morning. The enemy did not ——– and we had very few casualties. The ordinary bombardment took place during the day from 6.35 pm to 7.26 pm. There was an intense bombardment by us.
The enemy’s front line trenches were first taken on and severely dealt with especially LITTLE Z.
Then our guns lifted on to the enemy’s 2nd and 3rd lines & flattened them.
The enemy through comparatively little back the whole time.
Another very wet day – very heavy showers & trenches very bad in consequence.
The 5th Battalion SF relieved the 8th Battalion SF this evening and on relief the latter proceeded to billets in POMMIER vacated by the former Battalion.
Everything is now ready for “Z” Day.
139 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters War Diary [WO95/2692]