The next few days were devoted to preparations for the attack on the Drocourt-Queant line, timed for Sept.
The first objective was to be the front and support lines of the Drocourt-Queant system; the second the W.
All the German defences in the vicinity of Queant, where the Drocourt-Queant line joined the main Hindenburg line.
The Drocourt-Queant front and support lines were thus in the hands of the Canadians after little more than four hours' fighting.
Through the gap opened by the Canadians and swung down astride the Drocourt-Queant line towards its junction with the Hindenburg line, which was at the same time assailed in front by the 52nd Division.
Passed through to continue the advance; by nightfall the tangle of trenches and wire at the junction were in British hands and the villages of Queant and Pronville had also been wrested from the enemy.
It is well known that these words are the first syllables of six lines of a hymn addressed to St John the Baptist, which may be given here: Ut queant laxis resonare fibris Mira gestorum famuli tuorum, Solve polluti labii reatum, Sancte Joannes.