36th (Ulster) Division withdrawn from the Front.

Event
Saturday, 30 March, 1918
A 'sinister' red hand on a shoulder flash of the 36th Ulster Division, as opposed to the 'dexter' right hand version.

Following the German's 1918 Spring Offensive, or Kaiserschlacht (Kaiser's Battle), the 36th (Ulster) Division was withdrawn from the front on the 29-30 March 1918 for reorganization. For 107 Brigade, this meant marching to the railhead at Saleux, a journey of over 30 miles.

Weary though they were, the battalions began their march at 1400 hours on 29 March. They stopped for two hours when they reached the village of Chaussoy-Epagny. This was followed by a terrible nine hour night march of 15 miles to Valenne where they rested for 12 hours before marching the remaining 12 miles to Saleux. On arrival at Saleux, the troops bivouacked at the side of the road and waited for the train north to Gamaches.

The 1st, 2nd and 9th Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers - the 1st, 2nd and 15th Battalion The Royal Irish Rifles, and the 1st and 9th Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers were among the Ulster Division battalions who made lengthy foot-slogging journeys to Saleux.

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