26/10/1917 Canadians take their turn being killed at Passchendaele #1917Live

At Ypres, a recent British and ANZAC attempt to advance on Passchendaele has failed. Now the Allies attack again. The British and the antipodeans have been so battered by previous efforts that now it falls to the Canadians to take the leading role. But the Canadians are no more able to advance on Passchendaele than their predecessors. Even without the guns of the Germans, it has become extremely difficult to move across the water-sodden battlefield and the attacks make minimal progress.

An attack by Belgian and French forces to the north of the Ypres salient is somewhat more successful. The Germans are pushed back and several of their pillbox defensive positions captured. The Belgians and French prepare to push on tomorrow. The Canadians and British meanwhile lick their wounds and plan to renew their advance on Passchendaele in the near future.

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Mud (Copwick: images of Poelcapelle and the Passchendaele battle site)

2 thoughts on “26/10/1917 Canadians take their turn being killed at Passchendaele #1917Live

  1. The french and Belgians attacked on the same day as the British and Canadians.

    On the 26th, after an intensive bombardment, the French broke into the Papegoed Wood,

    The fortified villages of Verbrandesmis and Kippe behind it blocked the road. To the north-east of Verbrandesmis, nearer the Forest of Houthulst, were the concreted Jesiutengoed Farm, next the hamlet of Klooster- molen, and just north of it the village of Asch- hoop. From Verbrandesmis a road ran north- westwards parallel with the Lower Steenbeek ejected the Germans from the remaining boxes ” to its west, and, with water up to their shoulders, forded the Corverbeek. Simultaneously their comrades entered the Lower Steenbeek and reached the opposite bank. Sixt von Armin in the evening of the 26th rushed the 8th Bavarian Reserve Division into the Merckem peninsula. During the night the French engineers, working in the water up to their armpits, threw pontoon bridges over the Lower Steenbeek, west of Langewaede.


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