German defenders in second line

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German reinforcements are manning the second line, behind relatively uncut wire. This line proved more difficult to overcome but the weight of British and Dominion assault troops told in the end. Back in 1917, the attack stopped just past the second line. The men congregated on the skyline in full of the German gunners, such as were left from the counter-battery fire. These guns took a heavy toll, causing a significant proportion of the casualties on the first day.

In the afternoon, the attack continued down the slope and took the German third line. The Eingreifcounter-attack divisions were too far back or too exposed to make an impact on Second Army’s success.

Robert Dunlop 2014 to date