And the hour when all the six bodies of the allies were to join hands at “R” near Tourcoing was the noon of that day.
A chance seedling found in a garden of the town of Tourcoing, Fr.
Tourcoing was to be the first heavy blow that should begin to settle matters, Fleurus was to clinch them.
Now, in the case of Tourcoing, there was none of this, for the French at Tourcoing were surprised.
Mouveaux stands upon one of those very slight crests which barely diversify the flat country in which Roubaix and Tourcoing stand.
As at Tourcoing, so at Mouveaux, a desperate attempt was made to hold the position.
Roubaix and Tourcoing were entered in the afternoon of October 18, 1918.
The centre of the Allies fulfilled their programme, reaching Tourcoing and its neighbourhood by noon and holding their positions.
Roubaix and Tourcoing in particular are huge straggling agglomerations of cotton-spinners and their hands.
And certainly, unless Mouveaux were held, Otto could not hold his advanced position at Tourcoing.