The Great War Part 175, December 22nd 1917

338 The Great IV ar Germans with the bayonet and killed or routed them all. The Cheshires followed the few fugitives into the wood and with other English troops rushed the men of the famous 3rd Bavarian sin a manner in which that crack German division had never before been treated. Fourteen machine- guns were taken in the lower part of the wood and more at the top corner. So fast did the Cheshires go through the Bavarian s that they ran into the relieved Saxons and also broke them. B they rapid conquest of Hell Wood the battalion closed the gap between them and the troops on their left and brought all the attacking line forward to the crest without a weak spot in it. They blasted their way into Hell Farm though they found it deserved its name and then gained the road connecting W ytschaete and Messines. Running beyond and parallel British official photograph. GETTING READY FOR ACTION. Bombers drawing bombs from a well- protected underground supply store during an attack on the western front. or Hell Wood. North of the wood was a system of concrete blocks, which was hell itself while south­ward behind a labyrinth of for­tifications was Hell Farm .These places formed the central defences of the saddle of the ridge between W ytsch aete and Messines and the enemy fought with especial fierceness in the hope of retaining the means of making a great counter-attack from a position that flanked both hill villages. On the night before the assault some North Country troops crawled out into MansoN Land, and clean under the nose of the local German commander General von L affert excavated an assem blv-trench four and a half feet deep and tw o-thirds of a mile long. They had scarcely any casualties while thus reducing the distance between them and the Bavarian sand Saxons. When the men leaped out at ten minutes past three after a most laborious night there was no symptom of fatigue in their gallant bearing. They broke through uncut wire they stormed fort Cheshires in after fort and against the resistance of Hell Wood the best of German troops carried out their time-tabled program m e of successes. Greatly did the Cheshires distinguish themselves in the battle for the saddle. As they advanced they had to fight oh the rear as well as on the front. A body of a hundred Germans charged on them from behind from an ambush in Hell Wood. A young Cheshire officer turned a m achine-gun on this enemy detachment and brought many foes down in full career. B u the had to stop firing for his men swept across his sights met the remaining .1 astral ian official photograph. PERILOUS WORK BUT OF VITAL IMPORTANCE. Australians going over the top of the trenches to outrun newlines o{ communication during the infighting the neighbourhood of Zonnebeke which was an important contributing factor in the capture of Passchendaele on November 6th 1917. with the road was an undamaged system of defences known as the October Position. Some Ulsterm en had taken part of the trenches and had orders not togo any farther. 1 They saw the English forces sweep forward on their left and arrive against a belt of uncut wire near some ruined buildings known as Middle Farm .Enemy gunners and riflemen rose above the parapet and shot down the heroic men who tried b y every means to climb over or through the uncut entanglements. With heavy loss some Englishmen got through and began to clear the enemy trenches but, as the garrison consisted of nearly three hundred Germans, the odds were extremely heavy against the attackers who had emerged torn and bleeding beyond the wire. The language of the Ulster spectators chained down
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