The Ypres Salient - CWGC

Camouflaged 18 pdr, Dickebusch, May 1915The central sector of the British front was held by the left wing of 85th Brigade and the right wing of 10th Brigade (supported by elements of 12th Brigade - who were greatly assisted by French 75mm field gun batteries firing from positions west of the canal bank). Of this steadfast British defence, much of which was conducted during the intense German artillery bombardment on their battered and waterlogged trenches, the British Official Historian remarked: 'This was one of those fine feats of which, because it was so entirely successful, there is little to be said except that the accuracy of British musketry told.' ('Military Operations. France and Belgium, 1915' (Volume I), Brigadier-General J E Edmonds and Captain G C Wynne, London, Macmillan, 1927, p.348).

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