British hold new line - more gains at Ypres
Following the brilliant British success of last week east of Ypres, our line has been further advanced at some points by the capture of fortified positions.
Additional details of the fighting emphasise the success of the British method of overcoming the German blockhouse and other defensive devices, and the seriousness of the reverse which the enemy has in consequence sustained.
The enemy has made fierce and futile attacks on both sides of our new positions on the Menin Road.
The number of prisoners taken since the opening of the British attack on the Ypres front last week was given as 3423.
On Wednesday morning another British offensive was begun in Flanders. In his evening message Sir Douglas Haig gave details of the important gains secured. The attack was delivered on a front of six miles from south of Tower Hamlets to east of St Julien. Our operations were entirely successful.
In the course of his despatch, Sir Douglas says: “After a severe struggle, lasting through the greater part of the day, English and Scottish battalions drove the enemy from his positions, and accomplished the task allotted to them of securing the flank of our principal attack. In their advance our troops relieved two companies of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders who had held with great gallantry throughout the night a forward position in which they had been isolated.”