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Contributing to the Neuve Chapelle Victory: A Gallant Attack on the Givenchy Ridge

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The attack of the King’s (Liverpool) Regiment on the Givehchy Ridge on March to (the day of the capture of Neuve Chapelle, three or four miles further north) was a very well-organised affair, but it failed owing to the wire entanglements of the Germans remaining intact although swept by our guns. Two companies, about 400 men all told, charged the German position. Some of the men carried pontoons, or small bridges, for placing over the enemy’s trenches, if the attack should reach so far, and enabling the troops to advance against the next line of trenches ; others were provided with wire-cutters, bombs, spades, and empty sand-bags. The left-hand party got right up to the wire, but there they were shot down in heaps by Maxims. One officer- Lieutenant Young – managed to get through the wire and on to the parapet of the trench before he was killed. The attack on the right was forced to stop


before reaching the wire, and those who were not killed took cover in shell-holes and fired at the Germans until nightfall, losing very heavily. Colonel Carter was wounded early in the fighting, but he continued to direct the operations from the cover of a shell-hole. Both the officers and men of the Liverpools showed the utmost heroism in this action, and though it failed in its immediate object, it certainly contributed to the victory of Neuve Chapelle, for it kept a large number of the enemy engaged and prevented them* from sending any reinforcements thither. On the extreme left in the drawing may be seen a wayside shrine, completely wrecked except for the crucifix. Inset in the large illustration is a small drawing of the village of Neuve Chapelle.- Drawings Copyrighted in the United States and Canada.]



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Issue 3962. - Vol CXLVI

Mar, 27 1915

Illustrated London News