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British regiments north of Ypres July-August 1918


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Google can't help me, it keeps throwing silly, unrelated results for hours now, I am just trying to find out which regiments were on the most northern part of the lines in July August 1918. 

It was the 2nd army but that was easy to find....

Thanks in advance, Luc.

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North of Ypres? You mean west of Ypres, the Belgians were holding the line north of Potijze - Sint Jan (approximately). From there, I have the 49th Division late July 1918 from there up to ca Zillebeke Lake (information on a German map showing enemy units in front of them).

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The British official history records that the British left wing ran to to just north of Ypres. The 49th Division held the line to its junction with the Belgian army.

Charlie

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The memorial to the 49th (West Riding) Division is sited on the bank of the Ypres Canal near Essex Farm, Boesinge which is located about 5 miles north of Ypres.

 

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Thanks for the replies, have downloaded the war diaries and have some reading to do.

The situation changed mid August when troops were moved south for the Lys offensive, the 30th Infantry Division (United States) came in the canal sector and need to figure out what the situation was in early August.

Luc.

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2 hours ago, LDT006 said:

Thanks for the replies, have downloaded the war diaries and have some reading to do.

The situation changed mid August when troops were moved south for the Lys offensive, the 30th Infantry Division (United States) came in the canal sector and need to figure out what the situation was in early August.

Luc.

The easiest to figure everything out would be to download the relevant Corps diaries. They should mention which divisions were in its sector.

Jan

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According to German intelligence, the 49th Division was in the area until late August (attached are extracts from the German maps showing enemy dispositions of 16 and 25 August).

Jan

16.08.1918.jpg

25.08.1918.jpg

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Hello Jan,

the 49th division war diary shows that they were relieved on 20 August and the 34th division took over as can be seen on your last map, but it seems that German intelligence was a week off but the exact date isn't important. The "8" just above the boundary line should be the Belgian 8th Division?

Below is a earlier map from 11 August from the division war diary with what I believe are anti aircraft guns.

1007319332_Map49Div11AugAAdefencep85WO95-2768-6-1.png.713f24704561bc12acf0c023ab4713bf.png

 

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Didn't the 9th Scottish Division take over this northerly front sector sometime, with the 8th Belgian Division on it's left?

Or maybe this was later, in September, some time before the advance.

Peter

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13 hours ago, LDT006 said:

Hello Jan,

the 49th division war diary shows that they were relieved on 20 August and the 34th division took over as can be seen on your last map, but it seems that German intelligence was a week off but the exact date isn't important. The "8" just above the boundary line should be the Belgian 8th Division?

 

Indeed, the 8th Belgian Division was the southernmost Belgian division (according to German intelligence).

Jan

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