Bri­tish hold new line - more gains at Ypres

Strathearn Herald - - MEMORY LANE -

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.”

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