French difficulties on the Chemin des Dames have put pressure on the British to resume their offensive at Arras. Allenby, the local commander, fears that the British troops will be throwing away their lives for no obvious gain. However, Haig, Britain’s western front commander, is only too happy to oblige the French and orders the attacks to be resumed.
British troops attack again today near the Scarpe river. Gains are made though the British face tough resistance from the Germans, who also stage strong counter attacks to try and recover their losses.