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On Passchendaele Ridge: The Stormers of the Village Pressing Forward to the Limit of Their Objective

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On the morning of November 6 the Canadians took Passchendaele village, so to speak, in their stride. IThey stormed the outskirts at the first rush, and swept forward through the village, literally hunting the startled and staggered Germnan garrison out of the place in confusion–” bundling them out,” as the onset has been described. There was little attempt by the enemy at serious resistance in the village, save from handfuls of snipers in the ruins of some of the houses, and round and inside the central point, Passchendaele Church. Immediately the Canadians were through Passchendaele, they pressed on further along the ridge until reaching the line appointed


em as the limit of their objective. There they dug in and fortified the position to meet the expected German counter-attack-which, however, never came; all attempts at it being barraged off by our artillery. In the illustration the Canadians are seen after getting past Passchendaele village, carrying with a rush a strip of ground beyond, following in rear of our barrage-fire. They seized and occupied between three hundred and four hundred yards. As seen, they had to jump over shell-holes Jand flounder through quagmires of mud, past a German fort, placed to bar the way there.-1Dr aing Copynga is Gs UitM4 Statol and Casada.l



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