Table of Contents: The Cambrai Operations - The German Counterattacks, 30th of November to 3rd of December, 1917: Opening of the German counter-attacks - capture of Gouzeaucourt by the enemy, 29th of November; Orders to the Guards Division, 30th of November; Recapture of Gouzeaucourt by the 1st Guards Brigade; Movements of the 2nd and 3rd Guards Brigades, 30th of November; Preparations for the attack on Gonnelieu and Gauche Wood; Attack by the 1st Guards Brigade on the Quentin ridge and Gauche Wood, 1st of December; Attack by the 3rd Guards Brigade on Gonnelieu, 1st of December; Relief of the Guards by the 9th Division, 4th-6th of December; Work of the Divisional Artillery in the Cambrai operations; Work of the Divisional R.E. and 4th Bn. Coldstream Guards (Pioneers) during the Cambrai operations; Casualties of, and record of prisoners taken by, the Guards between the 25th of November and 6th of December
The Winter of 1917-1918 - The Guards in the Arras Sector of the Line - Formation of the 4th Guards Brigade: The Guards in rest billets in the Arras area - policy for the winter months; Relief of the 15th Division north and south of the Scarpe - description of the new line; Three months of trench warfare; Work of the Divisional R.E. and 4th Bn. Coldstream Guards (Pioneers) on the Scarpe front; Work of the Divisional Artillery and Trench-Mortar Batteries during the winter months; Formation of the 4th Guards Brigade
The German Offensive, 1918- Events on the Front held by The Guards Division and the 4th Guards Brigade (31st Division) Between the 21st and 31st of March. Opening days of the German offensive; The German attack on the front of the VI Corps, 21st of March- the 2nd Guards Brigade moved to Mercatel; Continued progress of the enemy on the 22nd of March- movements of the Guards Division; Withdrawal of the front of the VI Corps on the night of the 22nd-23rd of March- the Guards Division and the 4th Guards Brigade (31st Division) in the line.; Steady German pressure between Mory and Henin, 23rd of March.; The enemy breaks through the British line near Mory, 24th of March- measures for the protection of Ervillers by the 4th Guards Brigade- a quiet day on the front of the Guards Division.; Withdrawal of the Guards and the 31st Division, 25th of March.; The 4th Guards Brigade and the Guards Division withdrawn to the line Ayette- Boisleux- St. March- loss of Moyeneville, 26th of March.; The night of the 26th-27th of March- relief of the 2nd Guards Brigade by the 1st Guards Brigade- awkward position occupied by the Division.; Withdrawal of the 92nd and 93rd Infantry Brigades west of Ayette- the 4th Guards Brigade holds the front of the 31st Division- German attacks on the front of the Guards Division.; The night of the 27th-28th of March- the 4th Guards Brigade secures touch with the 42nd Division on its right.; Unsuccessful attempts by the enemy to break through the line of the 4th Guards Brigade and of the Guards Division, 28th of March- the 3rd Division north of the Guards Division driven back to the "Army line."; The 29th of March- a quiet day on the front held by the Guards- work of the Divisional Artillery.; The enemy attacks in strength along the Divisional front and is beaten baack, 30th of March.; Relief of the 4th Guards Brigade- reorganization of the line on the front of the Guards Division, 31st of March.
The German advance in the Valley of the Lys- The Battle of Hazebrouck, 12th-15th of April, 1918- The 4th Guards Brigade (31st Division) in the Defence of the Nieppe Forest.
Opening of the German offensive in the Valley of the Lys- the 31st Division sent to reinforce the British front in the Hazebrouck area.; The task assigned to the 4th Guards Brigade- the fighting north of Merville, 12th of April.; Continuance of the German advance towards Hazebrouck- stubborn resistance by the Guards- the British line secured.; Share of the 4th Guards Brigade in the defence of Hazebrouck.; Subsequent history of the 4th Guards Brigade.
April-August, 1918- Close of the German Offensive
Cessation of the enemy's attack on the front of the VI Corps- strengthening of the defences on the Guards Divisional front- relief of the Guards by the 2nd Division, 13th-15th of April.; The Guards return to the line, 24th-26th April.; Work of the Divisional Artillery during the month of April.; Events on the Divisional front during the month of May.; Relief of the Guards, 6th-7th of June- the Division in rest billets in the Bavincourt area.; The Guards return to the line, 5th-7th of July- the opening of the British counter-offensive, 8th of August.; Work of the Divisional Artillery furing the months of May, June, and July.
The Advance to Victory, 1918- Opening of the British COunter-Offensive on the Front of the Third Army- The St. Leger Fighting in August.
Opening of the offensive on the front of the Third Army. Dispositions of the Guards Division for the attack on Moyenneville. Assembly of the 2nd Guards Brigade for the attack, 20th-21st of August. Attack by the 2nd Guards Brigade, 21st of August. Events of the night of the 21st-22nd of August. German counter-attack in the morning of the 22nd of August- preparations for the renewal of the advance by the 2nd Guards Brigade. Attack by the 2nd Guards Brigade, 23rd of August. Attack by the 3rd Guards Brigade, 24th of August. Continuance of the attack, 25th of August. The 1st Guards Brigade in the line, 26th of August- orders for the renewal of the attack on the 27th of August. Attack by the 1st Guards Brigade, 27th of August. Events of the 28th of August- steady progress of the 1st Guards Brigade- relief of the Division by the 3rd Division- work of the Divisional R.E. and 4th Bn. Coldstream Guards (Pioneers) during the advance. Work of the Divisional Artillery with the 3rd Division.
The Breaking of the Hindenburg Line- Advance of the Guards Towards the Canal Du Nord.
Effects of the Allied offensive- the Germans thrust back across the old battle-field of the Somme- capture of the Drocourt- Queant Line by the First Army. The Guards relieve the 3rd Division west of Lagnicourt- advance of the 2nd and 3rd Guards Brigades towards the Canal du Nord, 3rd of September- retreat of the enemy to the Hindenburg Line. Stiffening of the enemy's resistance between Boursies and Moeuvres- continuous pressure maintained along the line by the Guards Division, 4th-7th of September. Organized attack by the troops of the VI Corps, role of the Guards Division in the battle of Havrincourt, 12th of September- Major-General Feilding leaves the Division on his appointment to command the London district- Major-General Matheson appointed to command the Guards Division. The battle of Havrincourt- local fighting on the front of the VI Corps, 12th-27th of September.
The Breaking of the Hindenburg Line (continued)- The Battle of the Canal du Nord, 27th of September, 1918.
Final preparations for the crossing of the Canal du Nord and assault on the Hindenburg Line. Task of the Guards Division and flanking divisions in the general scheme of operations. Plan of operations on the Guards Divisional front. Artillery arrangements. Assembly of the troops on the night of the 26th-27th of September. Attack of the 2nd Guards Brigade, 27th of September. Attack of the 1st Guards Brigade, 27th of September. Attack of the 3rd Guards Brigade, 27th of September- Brig.-General Follett killed. Work of the Divisional R.E. and 4th Bn. Coldstream Guards (Pioneers) throughout the days fighting. Relief of the Division by the 2nd Division on the night of the 27th of September- the achievements of the Guards in the Battle of the Canal du Nord.
Persuit of the Enemy to the Selle River- The Battle of the Selle, 17th-25th of October, 1918.
Progress of the Allied advance during the early days of October. The Guards Division returns to the line- attack of the 3rd and 2nd Divisions towards the Selle river, 8th of October- arrangements for the attack on Wambaix. Advance of the 1st and 2nd Guards Brigades, 9th of October- capture of Wambaix- the line Fontaine au Tertre Farm- St. Hilaire reached. Continuance of the advance of the 1st and 2nd Guards Brigade, 11th of October- capture of St. Vaast. Progress made by the Guards, 12th of October. Events of the 13th of October- relief of the 3rd Guards Brigade. Events of the 14th-15th of October. Haussy taken and lost- the 1st Bn. Coldstream Guards (Pioneers) during the month of October- their share in the crossing of the Selle river.
The Battle of the Sambre and the Occupation of Maubeuge 4th-9th of November, 1918- The Armistice.
Growing effects of the Allied victories-opening of the final British advance. The Guards return to the line- the new front west of Villers Pol-arrangements for the resumption of the advance on the 4th of November. Advance of the 3rd Guards Brigade, 5th and 6th of November. The 2nd Guards Brigade resumes the advance- events of the 7th and 8th of November- occupation of Maubeuge. The Armistice, 11th of November- achievements of the Guards Division in the final stages of the war. Work of the Divisional R.E. and 4th Bn. Coldstream Guards (Pioneers) and of the Divisional Signal Company and the Administrative services during the closing days of the advance.
The March into Germany- The Guards at Cologne- The Triumphal March Through London, 22nd of March, 1919.
Composition of the Guards Division on its Formation; Succession of Officers, Staffs and Commands; Victoria Crosses won by Officers and Other Ranks; Guards Division Operation Orders; Note on the Reserve Battalions of the Guards Regiments; Origin and History of the Guards Machine-Gun Regiment; Household Brigade Officer Cadet Battalion; Guards Entrenching Battalion; Guards Division Base Depot at Harfleur; Foreign Service of the Bands of the Regiments of the Guards; Address by the Major-General Commanding the Guards Division on Armistice Day, 1918; Notes on Dress and Equipment of the Foot Guards during the War, 1914-1918; Race Card. The Calais First Spring Meeting.
Maps: Guards Division: Operations, Nov. 30th and Dec., 1917; Guards Division and 4th Guards Brigade: Operations, March 21st-31st, 1918; 4th Guards Brigade: Operations, April 12th and 13th; Guards Division: Operations, August21st-29th, 1918; Guards Division: Operations, Sept. 1st-6th, 1918; Guards Division: Operations, Sept. 27th, 1918; Guards Division: Operations, October, 1918; Guards Division: Advance to Maubeuge, November, 1918; The Western Front.
|Title||History of the Guards Division in the Great War 1915-1918, vol 2|
|Library of Congress Control Number||D547.G8 H4|