© Peter Hodgkinson 2016
The fighting on Fourth Army front, between Le Cateau and the Andigny Forest, is the subject of Peter’s third book, to be published by Helion in 2017.
The Battle of the Selle
In 1998, J.P. Harris wrote in Amiens to the Armistice: ‘Almost no-
The battle resulted from the German retirement on the night of 8 October after the fall of Cambrai. This led to the so-
The Germans then chose to stand and fight on the line of the River Selle in hastily constructed defensive positions called the Hermann Stellung I. A set-
There are a number of interesting questions to ask about this battle.
The first concerns the Pursuit. How did the BEF go about semi-
The Battle of the Selle proves a good example of an infantry battle, won by dogged perseverance and skilled infantry work, and good leadership.
early 19th century
scene of heavy fighting
Simons ceramics works,
Le Cateau Station
Rebuilding the railway destroyed by the Germans, Le Cateau