The Germans Strike, 21st March 1918: The Biscuit Boys
The Germans Strike, 21st March 1918
When the storm of the great German offensive broke upon the 5th Army, the 2nd/4th Battalion (Royal Berkshires) was back in the rear zone at Ugny. At 05:00 on the 21st, when the German offensive was sweeping on with all its vigour, battle stations were ordered to be manned.
At 08:30 the Berkshire Battalion was at Marteville, the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry being in the forward area, and the 2/5th Gloucestershire in the battle zone. The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire held on in the forward area till 16:20, when the Enghien Redoubt which they were holding had been surrounded. Under sanction conveyed to them by a buried cable, they then endeavoured to cut their way back, but only a very few succeeded in doing so.