Tuesday 3 October 2017

Sixty Fifth Day of the Third Battle of Ypres

Wednesday 3rd October 1917

5th Division, having relieved 23rd Division just north of the Menin Road, was attacked by the enemy today, as was 37th Division just south of the road. As far as we can tell both these attacks have been failures.

1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment has reached the Ypres Salient. It is moving towards a position on the ridge between Tor Top and Stirling Castle. As reserve to the rest 5th Division it was not involved in repulsing the German attack. Nor was 6th Battalion involved in repulsing the enemy attack on 37th Division as it is resting, having preceded the rest of its division in the front line by five days.

63rd (Royal Naval) Division, including the 4th Bedfords, is also evidently coming to the party. The Battalion is currently a Zermezeele near Kassel, close to the Belgian border.

In far-away Palestine yesterday, two of the 1st/5th Battalion snipers captured a Turkish prisoner who had been picking grapes just outside the enemy trenches near The Orchard, south-west of Gaza.

Sources: X550/2/5; X550/5/3; X550/6/8

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