The Ypres Salient - CWGC

Plumer's 'limited objectives' for the battle were for the most part successfully attained by midday, many well before. With the support of almost incessant British artillery Transport for a battery and other units mustering to move up the linebarrages I Anzac Corps had established their line at the eastern edge of Polygon Wood (5th Australian Division) and further to the left 4th Australian Division gained ground on the north of the Plateau. 3rd Division (V Corps, Fifth Army) occupied the desolate ruins of Zonnebeke and, later in the day, made further inroads towards Hill 40, north of Zonnebeke Station. To the left of 3rd Division, 59th (2nd North Midland) Division, following in the wake of a very effective barrage, made good progress in the direction of (though well short of) Gravenstafel.

But the price for these achievements was not cheap: the total British and Commonwealth casualties (killed, wounded or missing) for all Divisions engaged 26 September amounted to 15,375 (see 'Military Operations. France and Belgium, 1917' (Volume II), compiled by Brigadier-General Sir James E Edmonds, London, HMSO, 1948, p.293).


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