Massed small-arms fire repulsed German attacks between Polygon Wood and Veldhoek. From October 25th to the 26th, the focus of the German assaults came south. Neither side had moved forces to Flanders fast enough to obtain a decisive victory and both were exhausted, short of ammunition and suffering from collapses in morale, some infantry units refusing orders.
Sheldon also wrote that German troops knew the firing characteristics of machine-guns and kept still until French Hotchkiss M and Hotchkiss M machine-guns, which had ammunition in and round strips, were reloading.
Along with the Battle of the Somme, the battles at Ypres and Passchendaele have gone down in history The town had been the centre of battles before due to its strategic position, but the sheer devastation of the town and the surrounding countryside seems to perfectly summarise the futility of battles fought in World War One.
On the next day the French IX Corps attempted to launch a counterattack. The German reserve corps infantry were poorly trained and ill-equipped but on 10 October, Falkenhayn issued a directive that the 4th Army was to cross the Yser, advance regardless of losses and isolate Dunkirk and Calais, then turn south towards Saint-Omer.
After preliminary attacks on 29 October, which captured a key crossroads close to Gheluvelt, the main attack began on 30 October. In places such as Tower Hamlets the Germans held on. The noise of the explosions was heard in London.
Casualties were especially heavy for the 13th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force CEFwhich was enveloped on three sides and had over-extended its left flank after the Algerian Division broke. Advances by both sides stopped. Fighting flickered for five days before quieting down for the winter.
The land surrounding Ypres to the north is flat and canals and rivers link it to the coast. The next day, the French forces attempted to launch a major counterattack.
British soldiers moving forward during the Battle of Broodseinde. Other soldiers preferred to use a handkerchief, sock or flannel body-belt, dampened with a sodium-bicarbonate solution and tied across the mouth and nose, until the gas passed.
Observation was limited by trees and open spaces could be commanded from covered positions and made untenable by small-arms and artillery fire. On this day the British IV corps was preparing to attack towards Menin, although its commanders were aware of the German build-up in front of them.
Timed for 6 November, the Allied plan was forestalled by a resumption of German offensive action on 5 November. During a general attack on 18 October, the German defenders achieved a defensive success, due to the disorganised nature of the British attacks, which only succeeded where close artillery support was available.
Mud stalled the British advance, and only on the extreme left was anything achieved. They at least had the consolation of a victory of sorts, whereas the Germans had suffered losses and defeat in the battle. The battle continued throughout August.
On 3 October, a German wireless message was intercepted, which showed that the BEF was still believed to be on the Aisne. The Belgian army managed to save 80, men from Antwerp and retire to the Yser and although not formally in command of British and Belgian forces, Foch obtained co-operation from both contingents.
A German attack broke through the line, and reached Gheluvelt. French, British and Belgian troops in improvised field defences repulsed German attacks for four weeks in mutually costly attacks and counter-attacks.
Despite the inconvenience of British troops crossing French lines of communication, when French forces were moving north after the Battle of the Aisne, Joffre agreed subject to a proviso, that French would make individual British units available for operations as soon as they arrived.
German troops broke through along the Menin road but could not be supported and the advance was contained by 13 November.
By nightfall, the Gheluvelt crossroads had been lost and British prisoners taken. At first this attack made some progress, but the British soon ran into much stronger German forces than expected.
Observation was limited by trees and open spaces could be commanded from covered positions and made untenable by small-arms and artillery fire.
The Allies had taken ground, but at a terrible cost, with nearly a quarter of a million casualties on each side. Maubeuge was defended by fourteen forts, a garrison of 30, French territorials and c. To the north east of Ypres, plans went less well for the Allies.
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