The Ypres Salient - CWGC

A new barrel is lowered into position on an 8 inch howitzer by the Army Ordnance CorpsPreparations for Plumer's 'second step' were actively in place as the 'first step' was in progress, and a general advance of the British artillery began on the afternoon of the 20 September. 'The most important of the preparations for the forward move of most of the supporting artillery - about two thousand yards - was the maintenance and strengthening of the new plank road on and behind the western edge of the plateau.' ('Military Operations. France and Belgium, 1917' (Volume II), compiled by Brigadier-General Sir James E Edmonds, London, HMSO, 1948, p.282).

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