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Where / what was 'Parrots Beak', Arras, April 1917


trajan

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A forum search did not throw up anything on this, so a new topic...

A German ersatz bayonet is on record as having the following inscribed on its hilt:

"ARRAS PARROTS BEAK 9-4-17"

One assumes it was captured / collected there - but where is it exactly?

TIA,

Trajan

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McMaster Trench Maps gives the following reference -

Trench Name Nearest Place Map Sheet Number Map Squares
Parrot's Beak Arras 51bNW3 G 18 a
John
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Thanks John! The inscription is on a captured ersatz bayonet (an EB 33) which I think is in a private collection, the inscription being explained simply as a reference to: "a trench shape or hillside location" near Arras...!

Now, is there any chance that you or another GWF member might be able to say who on the German side was fighting there on or immediately before that date? The bayonet is not unit marked, which in theory means that it was issued after mid-late 1916...

Julian

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While I can find the reference on McMaster finding the actual location on any of their maps defeats me!

Anyone?

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Cheers Towisuk! Now all that would be nice to have would be an indication what German unit was there on 9-04-1917! Yes, that's asking a lot, but I would not be surprised if somebody on this GWF has the answer to that at their fingertips... :)

Trajan

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  • 10 months later...

Arras is covered in volumes 28 and 29 of the Schlachten des Weltkrieges series. They should contain maps.

http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=204071

Thanks, I'll try that later!

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