Above images - Monchy le Preux British Cemetery.
Second image - Lieut. T L Teed, M.C.: "I SHALL GO TO HIM BUT HE WILL NOT RETURN TO ME"
Third image: D D'arcy Sullivan M.M.: "ONLY THOSE WHO HAVE LOST CAN UNDERSTAND"
Above: Top image - British trench map showing Observation Ridge and the redoubts
Second image: Map from the 12th Div History showing the redoubts
Third image - Observation Ridge, my brother standing in the area of the Hotte Work
Forth image - Observation Ridge had a commanding view over Arras
Fifth Image - Orange Hill and Monchy in the background; image taken from the crest of Observation Ridge
The redoubts proved to be problematic, but were eventually overcome by outflanking movements.
Battery Valley was crammed with German artillery and as the British appeared over the ridge some opened fire at point blank range. The valley was taken by a bayonet charge covered by Lewis guns, with the German guns captured and the Germans fleeing in disarray.
Above: Top image - Bunyons Cemetery, Observation Ridge
Second and third image: Houdain Lane Cemetery, Observation Ridge
Forth image: gun pits can still be seen in Battery Valley although these are British, dug after the valley was captured.
Fifth image: Battery Valley
We finished off the day by visiting Tilloy British Cemetery and Orange Hill Cemetery.
Above: Top image - Tilloy Cemetery
Middle image - Orange Hill Cemetery
Third image - from Orange Hill good views of Roeux and the area of the Hyderabad redoubt and sunken lane in which some of the most futile attacks of the Battle of Arras were made, against the Rouex Chemical Works which had been fortified by the Germans.