The Ypres Salient - CWGC

The heavy casualties incurred by 33rd Division's 98th Brigade during the previous morning's German assault resulted in modifications for their planned supporting role on the 26th. Members of 13th Australian Field Ambulance sheltering in funk holes along Anzac ridgeOriginally two British Brigades (98th and 100th) were designated to support the right flank of the Australian 5th Division; changes in arrangements meant that now only 98th Brigade would provide this support while 100th Brigade attempted to regain lost ground.

On the morning of 26 September 98th Brigade failed to arrive on schedule (caused by a loss of direction and heavy shelling) for its appointed flank defensive duties and 15th Australian Brigade showed great resilience in taking responsibility for the right support of the attack and even went on to capture 98th Brigade's original objectives. 'The failure of the 98th Brigade...to keep abreast and cover the right flank of the 15th Australian Brigade caused some very natural ill-feeling, as the extent to which the fighting on the previous day had dislocated the arrangements of 98th Brigade was not appreciated at the time.' ('Military Operations. France and Belgium, 1917' (Volume II), compiled by Brigadier-General Sir James E Edmonds, London, HMSO, 1948, p.286).

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