Wednesday 9 August 2017

Tenth Day of the Third Battle of Ypres

Thursday 9th August 1917

Last night 11th Division were able to advance their front line up to a couple of enemy strongpoints, unopposed along the line of a stream called the Steenbeek. If the enemy are not willing to defend strongpoints it gives hope for the 7th Battalion’s forthcoming attack.

Today has been fine, with a good breeze blowing which must have helped to dry the ground. Officers and non-commissioned officers of the 7th Battalion have continued to examine the features of the landscape to be attacked. This attack, we understand, is likely to take place tomorrow. After receiving tea and rum the platoons have been passed forward with guides to their forming up positions.

Source: X550/8/1

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