The Great War Part 180, January 26th 1918

I.—From the Repulse at Glencorse Wood to the Upper Steenbeek Battle By Edward Wright. Failure of the Great German Counter-Attack s—In and Out Conflict a tHo lleb ek e—Lan cash ires Recover WAll e sth o e k gRid e—U n suc­cessful inAction Glen corse Wood on August io h—Gt allan try of Bed ford sand West Surreys— The Slaughter in Polygon Woo d—B a tte rin g-Ram Attack and Suction -Pump D e fence —Lu d end o rff Creates aMass of M anoeuvre— Sir Doug lasH a ig Strives to Wear I t Down— E ffe c ton Western Front o f Russia s Military Bankruptcy —Racing for Victory A g a inst German Troop Tran sport System —Sp len did Canad ian Victory a t Hill 70— Resumption of Ypres Offensive on August 16 th —Success of Northern French Army a t reiD G rach ten —Grim Comedy a t House of Good Cheer— R eitres Farm Cap tu bred y Lewis Gun n er— Complete Failure of German Boy Soldiers in the Bog Battle —Somerset and Corn wall I j g h tIn fan try Sweep into Lang e marc k —Strange Adv tune res of a Somerset Subaltern. JF T theRE opening of the Ypres offensive on July 31st 1917 there was a pause of a fortnight in the main operations of the Allies. This was not due entirely to the weather. The continual rainstorm sand mists were partly an advantage in that they screened the forward movement of guns and war material the building of new roads and the relief of the troops that began the battle. As against this the work of our infantry was hampered. The swampy ground became more watery the shell -holes filled, and the lowest pastures and woods were covered with afoot of water. The enemy thereby obtained avast moat in front of the middle part of his fortified ridge. In his continual counter-attacks how­ever he suffered badly. H e had in many places to advance over the boggy ground in order to strike. The result was that even when he succeeded in breaking into any new British forward position lie was practically at them crcy of the strong British reserves oper­ating from compara­tively firm ground. For instance through­out the morning and afternoon of August 2nd i liritn n oyicial photojrapH. “TANK ”AWAITING THE ORDER TO ADVANCE .One of H.M. landships at its“ jum ping-off p lac e”on the western front. The crew while awaiting the anticipated order to advance were indulging in a few moments of relief from their somewhat cramped quarters. the German commander launched large forces against the English and Scottish line from St. Julien to theW esthoek Ridge. In every case the waves of counter­attack were broken up and dispersed without any hand-to-hand fighting. After this repulse the pivoting point of St. Julien village which the English Territorials were still holding in part was entirely reconquered and more ground was won north -west of the village. In the meantime the southern base of the new Ypres salient was subjected to intense bombardment Hat ollebeke and along the Comines Canal. On Sunday morning, August 5th the German infantry swept out and back to H ollebeke and captured the village, but were in turn pressed and broken b they victorious British counter-attack. On Sunday night another German movement against H ollebeke was crushed before the oncoming Germans were able to reach the English line. B y this time fresh British forces had relieved the divisions that opened the battle. WOn esthoek Ridge the Lancashire Fusiliers and North Lancashires, with the Cheshires and other southern bat­talions resumed the OOO 457 CHAPTER C C X V I WHERE BRIT IS HAND FRENCH British official photograph LINES MET IN FLANDERS .THE LANGEMARCK VICTORY AND THE MENIN ROAD CHECK.
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