The Ypres Salient - CWGC

A line of infantry marching to a forward area along a muddy corduroy track at WesthoekNotably infantry of 3rd Australian Division's 9th Brigade, moving north of the quagmire of the Ravebeek, fought their way on to their second objective just short of Passchendaele village itself, where they discovered dead and exhausted wounded of the 66th (2nd East Lancashire) Division who had managed to progress this far three days previously. An Australian patrol actually reached the village, 'which it found still deserted, and numbers of Germans were seen retreating from Wallemolen spur across the highway to the north; but the Australian attack was not strong enough to weaken appreciably the opposition facing the New Zealanders.' (Military Operations. France and Belgium, 1917 (Volume II), compiled by Brigadier-General Sir James E Edmonds, London, HMSO, 1948, p.341).


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