Thursday 8 June 2017

Second Day of the Battle of Messines

Friday 8th June 1917

It seems that my report of yesterday was a little exaggerated, but only a little. II ANZAC Corps did not take all its objectives, ending up short of the third objective of Oosatverne Line. Nevertheless the other two corps did reach this objective. Casualties, it turns out, have been heavy, though medical staff I have spoken to stated that they expected them to be heavier, perhaps twice as heavy as they were.

Around dawn this morning the Australians of II ANZAC Corps again tried to reach the Oostaverne Line and again failed due to stiff resistance. 

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