Tuesday 24 October 2017

Eighty Sixth Day of the Third Battle of Ypres

Wednesday 24th October 1917

Today has been one of reliefs, with five divisions moving out of the line and five in. Amongst the newcomers are the Canadians for the first time in this battle, 3rd Canadian Division replacing the New Zealand Division. 63rd (Royal Naval) Division have also taken over from 9th (Scottish) Division, though the 4th Bedfords are not yet in the front line.

The 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, are back in familiar territory near Hollebeke. About midnight last night the Germans raided their trenches without benefit of artillery in what is known as a “silent raid”. The raiding party were observed moving immediately to the Right of one of the advanced posts. They were fired at by the Lewis gun at this post, after firing one drum a German threw a bomb which fell on the Lewis gunners’ shelter blowing it in, the Lewis gunner continued firing however and killed the thrower. The remainder of the Germans made off towards another of the Bedfords’ posts, which fired on them and wounded one man who was captured. It is thought that at least two other of the enemy were killed by the Battalion’s Lewis gun fire. The hostile raiding party numbered about fifteen and was completely repulsed - a bloody nose for the enemy unit taking part.

Source: X550/3/wd

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