The Ypres Salient - CWGC

The days after 30 October saw some very slight improvement in the weather, and three consecutive rainless days between 3 and 5 November A line of infantry marching to a forward area along a muddy corduroy track at Westhoekaided Canadian preparations for the next assault and eased to a limited degree complex and important reorganizations of the line: II Corps replaced XVIII Corps on 2 November; 2nd Canadian Division relieved 4th Canadian Division on 3 November and 1st Canadian Division took over from 3rd Canadian Division on the following day, in readiness for the next attack.

During the early hours of Tuesday 6 November Canadian assault brigades formed up in no man’s land in order to avoid enemy barrages on their trenches. The attack was launched at 6am – in the wake of another precise barrage. 2nd Canadian Division moved as quickly as possible over the heavy ground towards Passchendaele while, on the left, 1st Canadian Division moved towards Mosselmarkt (north-west of Passchendaele). Flank protection was provided by, on the left, II Corps and, on the right, by I Anzac Corps. 2nd Canadian Division (6th Canadian Brigade – 27th, 31st and 28th Battalions) quickly occupied the shambles of Passchendaele village and fought their way up the main street under intense fire from pillboxes at the northern end. After vicious fighting in the ruins, the village and eastern crest were secured by 8.45am. 1st Canadian Division on the left struggled through the mud on the Goudberg spur and surprised the German garrison at Mosselmarkt, securing all their objectives by 7.45am.

By late morning the rain showers returned and in the miserable afternoon the Canadians, under heavy enemy shelling and machine-gun fire, repelled repeated German counter-attacks. After concentrated enemy bombardments on the new positions around 5.30pm, German shelling started to diminish by 7.30pm.

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