The Ypres Salient - CWGC

There was a determined urgency underpinning Haig’s actions and decisions after the Battle of Broodseinde. He was not unaware of the likely onset of unhelpful wet autumn weather and also was convinced, in his own mind at least, that the German Army was reeling or ‘tottering’ to near imminent collapse. He now saw not only the possibility of reviving the old plans for combining his offensive with amphibious operations upon the Belgian coast but also, at the very least, the necessity of moving up on to ‘better’ ground, if only for the winter; he was thus was prepared to make a rapid surge for the Passchendaele Ridge. Accordingly, the date of his next blow was brought forward a day to 9 October.

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