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The recent capture of Morval and Lesboeufs, together with continuing optimistic intelligence reports suggesting a serious decline in the morale and numerical strength of the opposing German forces, offered Haig further encouragements for continuing the offensive. In consequence, GHQ issued instructions on 29 September outlining his confident plan for another combined large-scale broad front attack.

In original form the instructions required significant advances to be made by the Fourth, Reserve and Third Armies in concert; the provisional date for attack was scheduled for around 12 October. In the event the weather caused the postponement and significant modification of these operations and serious offensive activity was restricted to the Fourth and Reserve Armies.

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