WORLD WAR ONE CENTENARY
TISBURY AND THE GREAT WAR
The mudfest at Ypres continued throughout October with Australian, Canadian and New Zealand units joining the British in the mire. By the 4th the Australians, with significant losses, had captured one of their objectives but over the next 48 hours over 25mm. of rain fell leaving them floundering when they attempted the great prize of Passchendaele village on the dominating ridge. They had greater success elsewhere: in the Battle of Beersheba in Palestine the Australian Light Horse made a cavalry charge that swept the Turks, defending with machine-guns, to one side and thrust open the road to Gaza. Back in Ypres, in the Second Battle of Passchendaele the Canadians advanced some hundred yards at the cost of 12,000 casualties. But the most important event that October happened in St. Petersburg when on the 25th a Soviet Congress took power.
POEM FOR OCTOBER
Siegfried Sassoon wrote many of his best poems while undergoing treatment at Craiglockhart War Hospital near Edinburgh, for what we would today call 'shell-shock'. Attack, written in October 1917 was penned after he had seen pictures of the British attack on the Hindenburg Line. At first glance it seems to be a traditional sonnet but note it has (significantly?) just thirteen lines not the usual fourteen.
At dawn the ridge emerges massed and dun
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