THE BATTLE OF FESTUBERT-GIVENCHY

 

 

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.

 

The full story is told in our Major & Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Western Front - North Guide Book and includes a battlefield tour of about one hour.