The Ypres Salient - CWGC

Despite being heavily bombarded with high explosive and gas shells on 3 June Wytschaete village represented the chief problem facing IX Corps in their attack. 'As the northern buttress of this high-lying part of the Ridge, it had been converted like Messines into a fortress with an all-round defence. An outer line of trenches followed the perimeter of the village and inner line of trenches enclosed the houses bordering on the main square, with the Church at its centre. The chief strength of the locality lay in the machine-gun emplacements and vaulted cellars on the western side'. ('Military Operations. France and Belgium, 1917' (Volume II), compiled by Brigadier-General Sir James E Edmonds, London, HMSO, 1948; p68).

The village, a ruin of bricks and rubble, was stormed (with the assistance of a tank) by the 1st Munster Fusiliers and 2nd Royal Irish.


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