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The Battle of Polygon Wood took place from 26 September to 3 October 1917, during the second phase of the Third Battle of Ypres in the First World War. The battle was fought near Ypres in Belgium, in the area from the Menin road to Polygon Wood and thence north, to the area beyond St Julien. Much of the woodland had been destroyed by the huge quantity of shellfire from both sides since 16 July and the area had changed hands several times.Use our Zonnebeke trip itinerary planning site to add Battle of Polygon Wood and other attractions to your Zonnebeke vacation plans.
General Herbert Plumer continued the series of British general attacks with limited objectives. The attacks were led by lines of skirmishers, followed by small infantry columns organised in depth (a formation which had been adopted by the Fifth Army in August) with a vastly increased amount of artillery support, the infantry advancing behind five layers of creeping barrage on the Second Army front.
The advance was planned to cover 1,000–1,500 yd (910–1,370 m) and stop on reverse slopes, which were easier to defend, enclosing ground which gave observation of German reinforcement routes and counter-attack assembly areas. Preparations were then made swiftly to defeat German counter-attacks, by mopping-up and consolidating the captured ground with defences in depth. The attack inflicted a severe blow on the German 4th Army, causing many losses, capturing a significant portion of Flandern I Stellung, the fourth German defensive position, which threatened the German hold on Broodseinde ridge.
The drier weather continued to benefit the British attackers by solidifying the ground and raising mist which obscured British infantry attacks made around dawn. The mist cleared during the morning and revealed German Eingreif (counter-attack) formations to air and ground observation, well in advance of their arrival on the battlefield. German methodical counter-attacks (Gegenangriffe) from 27 September – 3 October failed and German defensive arrangements were changed hastily after the battle to try to counter British offensive superiority.
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Battle of Polygon Wood reviews
Here you will find 2 beautiful cemeteries, a tranquil wood with well-kept pathways, a park of peace and various memorials to the intense fighting that raged here throughout WW1. The wood changed...
Here you will find 2 beautiful cemeteries, a tranquil wood with well-kept pathways, a park of peace and various memorials to the intense fighting that raged here throughout WW1. The wood changed... more »
A nice area to spend some time. You can walk the wood within 1.5 hours but also spend some time on the WW1 Cemetary. Along the way there are information signs about the war. Also some remains of...
A nice area to spend some time. You can walk the wood within 1.5 hours but also spend some time on the WW1 Cemetary. Along the way there are information signs about the war. Also some remains of... more »
Very poignant memorial at Polygon wood and the associated ANZAC monument. Built on a huge Butte at the end of an old rifle range, the site was used as a hospital and first aid station during world war 1. A walk through the woods reveals multiple German bunkers and reinforcements and gives an insight into the challenge the allied troops faced. Polygon wood cemetery to the side also well worth a visit. Ample off road parking available at the attached car park.
History was made here in 1917 when Australian troops at great costs captured the forest during the third battle of Ypres also known as the battle of Passchendaele. Several german bunkers can be found in the forest which is a great place for a walk.
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