The Ypres Salient - CWGC

Lorries and limbers churn up the dust in the good weather of mid-AugustAs with the Messines battle, many vital and complex preparations underpinned the success of the planned assault: these included 'the construction of road-ways to bring forward the immense quantity of artillery ammunition and supplies required and...the burying of the main telephone lines. Emplacements, too, had to be made for this great array of guns, including the majority of II Corps' barrage batteries, which had to be moved to more advanced positions to support the offensive. Light railways…were to be connected up for the supply of ammunition from the two railheads, Pacific and Fuzeville (5 miles west and south-west of Ypres respectively).' ('Military Operations. France and Belgium, 1917' (Volume II), compiled by Brigadier-General Sir James E Edmonds, London, HMSO, 1948, pp.244-245).

Essential repairs and additions were made to roads and tracks, 'The new roads were constructed chiefly of planks as they were quicker to lay than road metal and were less conspicuous; they were also easier to repair.' (Ibid, p.245).

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