The popular supposition amongst the troops was that they were bound for a rest area.
For the battalion had just spent three days in the rest area and was due to take over the line on the fourth day.
But nothing came of it but heavy casualties, and it was decided to send the Division back to the rest area again.
So that each brigade spent sixteen days in the line, and then eight days in the rest area about Neuville Vitasse.
I got this information, just too late, as we were now under orders to move back to the rest area.
Thus a brigade went to close support for four days, to the front line for four days, and then back to the rest area for four days.
On December 20 we were relieved and moved back to the rest area at Brandhoek, where we were glad to have four days' rest.
We were going on another ten miles to the place which a week ago was to have become the rest area for Divisional Headquarters.
The main John Day fault, which here is buried under river gravel, is believed to be just south of the rest area.