Major and Mrs Holt's Guide to the Battle of Festubert - Givenchy May 1915
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All 14 battles in this book have GPS references & pictures for all suggested stops


The Battlefield Tour

The book describes a battlefield tour of just over one hour and suggests a continuation tour to the area of the battle of Givenchy including some little visited bunkers. There are detailed directions with timings, photographs and an in-text map.

The Fighting - a Summary

The battle of Festubert - Givenchy began at 2330 hours on 15 May 1915 on ground between the villages of Neuve Chapelle and Festubert, when the 2nd and Meerut Divisons of I Corps opened the first British night attack of the war. Three and a half hours later in daylight, 7th Division attacked in the south.

Early local success was marred by lack of materiel which had been 'loaned' to Gallipoli and by inadequate artillery support. After ten days, during which time the Canadian Division became involved, the battle stalled with limited gains. British casualties were 16,648 officers and men, German about 5,000.





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Festubert is one of the

THIRTEEN other battles covered in the book

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Memorial to Tunnellers and Sappers Collins and Hackett VC


Notice the water tower seen through the letter