Thursday, 19 October 2017

Eighty First Day of the Third Battle of Ypres

Friday 19th October 1917

Yesterday the 7th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment went back into the front line at the Canal Bank on the Ypres-Comines Canal near Hollebeke where 2nd Battalion have also been at times this year. Today they have been severely attacked by gas shells. The adjutant reported that the mud is very thick and the duckboards few, meaning that the men are constantly over their ankles in a cold, glutinous mess, to the detriment of their feet, their temper and their health generally. The line, it should be noted, is not a continuous trench but often merely a series of shell holes filled with water. The adjutant hoped that their stay would be a short one otherwise there may be many men fit for nothing but being sent to hospital(1).

Source: X550/8/1

(1) It would be a short tour, relief taking place the following evening.

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