20. Gouzeaucourt

Praticing the scorched-earth policy, Germans left Gouzeaucourt in ruins.

In the course of their strategic withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line in the spring of 1917, the Germans abandoned Gouzeaucourt after reducing it to ruins. In preparation for the 20th November attack, two divisions of tanks were concealed there but, two days later during their counter-offensive, the Germans retook the commune. It was only after bitter fighting, described later by the writer Rudyard Kipling, that the Guards recaptured Gouzeaucourt.

 

 

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