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The Great Fight for Passchendaele: Abritish Post Not Far from the Village

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In his story of how,. the Canadians went forward across the battlefield at the taking of Passchendaele, Mr. Beach Thomas describes the attack in these words : “Just after six, the Canadians were released and in their wise zeal almost scaled the wall of our fire, risking the few inevitable short shells At 7.35 some of them were already round Passchendaele, and well on towards their final objective. We went through them like wind through a key-hole, it was said, yet the fighting was intricate and stilL Ah the troops passed through a hailstorm of machine-gun bullets, and some few isolated forts poured a closer fire on the left Much of the going was very deep and sticky. On the right bullets whistled from the chulrch ruins


and from three pill-boxes east of the main road. As the first wave had passed the first objective, a second attack had to be organised against a stray place near the church, where the master fight of the day was engaged. The fort onear Mosselmarkt needed a separate siege, but, in spite of all checks, every unit arrived pat to the moment at its destination.” A stout resistance by the enemy at close quarters was anticipated within the village; but only the enemy round the church offered a stand at first. It was not of long duration; they bolted at the sight of our bayonets.-[Dreig Copy igd fs the f e Uded SLtaas ad CUss.J



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