Cosgriff's Diary: Friday 7th February 1941
Fallen soldiers. Letters from Aileen, Elsa, home (2), Dr Pascal. Tom missed out on mail – sent cable. Pay day 13 pounds short. Alex this arvo with Len. Bath in Errington’s bath-room. Met Sam Johnston at Windsor Hotel. Found whereabouts of Owen Steele. Coffee with Campbell and Honils. Home at 12:30.
While 11 April 1917 saw the launch of the first action at Bullecourt, on 9 April the larger Arras Offensive commenced. The Arras Offensive of 1917 is often referred to as the Battle of Arras and is a significant battle honour more identified with the British Army. This offensive does however also incorporate the smaller ‘battles’ and 'actions' of the Scarpe, of Vimy Ridge which the Canadians commemorate, and Bullecourt which Australians identify with. (See post on battle honours – Bullecourt)
These four basic maps are from Bean's Official History (Vol. IV) and are just a quick and handy reference for anyone reading about the four battles featured on this blog. Soon we hope to also feature some really great-looking original 1917 AIF maps, some of which will appear in the exhibition.