GWL 31st August 1917

……….We seem to be very nearly back on our old line in the Ypres bit.  One of the things I can never understand about this war, is the way people talk about Germany being short of men.  Supposing that her yearly class amounts to 800,000, you have to put 60,000 a month permanently out of action before you begin to reduce manpower at all.  I cannot think they lose that number.”

The Ypres offensive at this stage remained bogged down due to the ongoing heavy rain – reportedly the worst in 30 years.  A number of limited attacks were made by the Allies which were largely unsuccessful and resulted in further heavy casualties.  Haig replaced General Gough with General Plumer in overall command of the offensive.

{next post 2nd September}

The First World War seen through the letters of George Power

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