The Ypres Salient - CWGC

A line of infantry marching to a forward area along a muddy corduroy track at WesthoekII Anzac Corps now comprised 3rd Australian Division (Major-General Sir J Monash) and the New Zealand Division (Major-General Sir A H Russell) - these formations having relieved the shattered 66th (2nd East Lancashire) and 49th (West Riding) Divisions on evening of 10 October. 3rd Australian Division was to advance over the casualty-strewn ground covered by 66th Division three days earlier in order to take Passchendaele village (near 2,000 yards distant) and the New Zealanders were tasked with overrunning the Bellevue and Goudberg defences (on the high ground of the Wallemolen spur). Significantly patrols from both newly arrived divisions reported the existence of two strong belts of barbed wire entanglements, over 30 yards in breadth, protecting German positions on the line of the proposed advance. The frontage for the Corps attack was 3,000 yards.

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