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The British decided to postpone their offensive until the weather improved. The muddy ground conditions were making it impossible to move the heavy artillery forward to positions where they could become effective. Just one Skipton prisoner was captured. He was 2nd Lieutenant Dietrich von Laak who was in charge of...

The British attack was launched early in the morning accompanied by high winds and heavy rains. The scenario of 9 October 1917 was repeated: heavy losses on both sides coupled with little gain or loss of territory. From the British point of view the gains in territory were at least...

Just two German prisoners were taken on 10 October 1917 who would later be transferred to Skipton. 2nd Lieutenant Meinhard Reins was captured at Poelcappelle suffering from a slight wound to his left thigh. He was 24 years old and was sent to the prisoner-of-war camp at Colsterdale, near Masham....

This was designed to build on the British successes of the previous days. Unfortunately heavy rain had again turned the ground into a sea of mud. The British were keen to bring up artillery to support their infantry, but found this extremely difficult because of the conditions. The British only...

This was the Allies’ most successful victory during the Passchendaele campaign. The torrential rain of August had been replaced by the unsettled weather of September. However heavy rain again started to fall on 4 October. This rain and the resulting mud would have a profound effect on the course of...

Field Marshal Douglas Haig was feeling apprehensive. The Germans had launched a surprise counter-attack the previous day, and this was set to be the day of his own big attack. Not only that, but he was entertaining the British Prime Minister David Lloyd George. Fortunately for Haig the attack went...

Peter Kraus was a non-commissioned officer (NCO) who had been promoted to become a second lieutenant. These promoted NCOs tended to be much older than the other second lieutenants. Kraus was 44 years old at the time of his capture. He had severe gunshot wounds to his abdomen, and was...