Wednesday, 8 November 2017

One Hundred and First Day of the Third Battle of Ypres

Thursday 8th November 1917

Gaza has fallen to our forces. The town was evacuated by the enemy and our forces are now in occupation. Thus a place which had resisted attack since March has yielded to the Egyptian Expeditionary Force.

The adjutant pf 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment has kept us up to date with events. “Yesterday D Company attacked and took Turtle Hill an hour after midnight. Information was then received that the enemy was withdrawing from his line. Gaza was reported as unoccupied. The Divisional Cavalry rode through Sheikh Hasan to follow up the retiring enemy. 52nd Division proceeded through later. A collection of captured stores was proceeded with. Our captures include 8 machine-guns (damaged), 400,000 rounds of small arms ammunition, 2,000 bombs, refuelling equipment and numerous other stores”.

The current position

“Orders were received to prepare to move. All Transport was got up and everything packed up in readiness. Moved at 6 pm and proceeded to Jebalieh via Beach Road On arrival at Jebalieh, A, B and D Companies took up an outpost line, during which time they came under enemy machine-gun fire. C Company with Headquarters Company were in reserve and formed Battalion Headquarters in the Cactus Gardens. Two 4.2 inch Guns manufactured by Armstrong Whitworths in 1897 were taken by A Company, also a considerable amount of transport”.

Source: X550/6/8

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