The Ypres Salient - CWGC

In contrast to the miniscule advances (measured in yards) of the line on II Anzac Corps front claimed by the British Official Historian - gains which are now disputed by modern Four men of  the 4th Coldstream Guards perched on a wrecked gun outside a German concrete blockhouseresearch (see ‘Passchendaele: the Untold Story’, Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson, New Haven and London, Nota Bene (Yale University Press), 2002, p.165) - the few major British successes of the day occurred on the flanks of the main attack.

In the Fifth Army sector, in the north, the 4th and 29th Divisions made some progress along the line of the Ypres-Staden railway despite the setbacks which occurred to units of the 11th Division around Poelcappelle and the failure of the 48th Division to get forward past German shell-hole defences on the forward slopes of the Passchendaele Ridge. Further north, to the left of the 29th Division, the Guards Division stormed across the swollen barrier of the Broembeek and, supported by infantry of the French First Army on their left, advanced around 2,500 yards to occupy positions just south of the heavily defended Houthulst Forest. On the extreme right of the attack, in the south, 7th Division troops occupied Reutel.


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