Key Anniversary for 70th Brigade 2023
It is at this time of year that we mark the anniversary on 20th May of the Battles of Ficheux and Mercatel during which 70th Brigade sustained very heavy losses in casualties and men wounded and taken Prisoner of War.

Details can be found within the War Diaries on the website at 70 Brigade where the disaster is described.

The impact was felt throughout County Durham and can be seen on village and town War Memorials throughout the County.

Their sacrifice - which is what it was - was not in vain, as the German advance was slowed by at least five hours - allowing more men in other units to escape towards Dunkirk.

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