The Ypres Salient - CWGC

Cameronians in reserve dugouts, the Bluff, Ypres, March 1915The new, much reduced, British defensive line was by no means entirely satisfactory and included many unfinished narrow trenches, some only three feet deep. These trenches were difficult to make good as the soil was unstable and there were few available sandbags, scarce revetting materials and only small quantities of barbed wire for the outer defences. There were practically no communication trenches and dugouts. Some sectors of the new positions were very exposed to enemy fire (both smallarms and artillery) and obviously vulnerable to attack. Notably such sectors included the 'forward' (eastward-facing) slopes of the Frezenberg Ridge and the area around Bellewaarde Lake, due east of Ypres.

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