The Ypres Salient - CWGC

The lack of sufficient troops for a counter-attack to regain the pulverised front around Mouse Trap Farm (French forces were at one stage offered and then later declared to be unavailable) resulted in a modification of 4th Division's plans. With nightfall approaching the decision was made to pull the British line back to better positions just above Wieltje. 'This meant giving up the angle of the front near Mouse Trap Farm, a triangular wedge 1000 yards deep, but almost impossible to hold, as the ground was so waterlogged that the trenches dug in it were at once filled with mud.' ('Military Operations. France and Belgium, 1915' (Volume I), Brigadier-General J E Edmonds and Captain G C Wynne, London, Macmillan, 1927, p.352).

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