On the Trail of the Great War in Picardy PDF

Jump to navigation Jump to search For the equivalent formation in World War II, see Guards Armoured Division. There was also a Guards Division in the Second World War which was formed on 12 June 1945 from the Guards Armoured Division which had undergone reorganisation. His Majesty approved the formation of a Guards Division and in August 1915 the division was formed at Lumbres, near St Omer, France. Battalion, Coldstream Guards perched on a wrecked gun outside a On the Trail of the Great War in Picardy PDF concrete blockhouse on the outskirts of Houthulst Forest, Belgium, 9 October 1917.


Theatre of the Great War of 1914-1918, the land of Picardy holds dark reminders. All along the remembrance trail at Villers-Bretonneux, Longueval, Rancourt, Thiepval… memorials give the nations that took part in the conflict the opportunity to mourn. At the Dragon’s Lair, on the Chemin des Dames or in the Forest of Compiègne where the Armistice was signed, History bears its full weight and commands respect. The 48 walking paths proposed in this guidebook invite hikers to follow in the footsteps of the « Poilus » and Tommies―but also in those who opposed them―these soldiers who were perhaps their grandfathers or great-grandfathers. What better way to get a sense of what a million men lived through a century ago in Picardy than to walk!

4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards from the 3rd Guards Brigade. The 4th Guards Brigade was transferred to the 31st Division at noon on the same day. 1918 saw the return of the war of movement. At the Armistice of 11 November 1918, the division was in and around Maubeuge, and on 17 November it regained 4th Guards Brigade which was broken up and the battalions returned to their original brigades. The next day it began the march on Germany and crossed the frontier on 11 December. By 19 December it had reached the Cologne area. 12 June 1945 by the reorganization and redesignation of the Guards Armoured Division.

Major-General Sir Allan Adair remained in command of the reorganized division. The division was broken up in December 1946. 2nd Lieutenant Jack Kipling, son of the famous author Rudyard Kipling, served with the Guards Division in France as a platoon commander in the 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards. The basic organic unit of the Royal Artillery was, and is, the Battery. When grouped together they formed brigades, in the same way that infantry battalions or cavalry regiments were grouped together in brigades.