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BRITISH AND FRENCH GAIN FOOTING IN HOUTHULST FOREST. — — VALUABLE POSITIONS TAKEN The following reports from Sir Douglas Haig have been issued by the Press Bureau: Monday, 11.30 a.m. Early this morning we carried out local attacks on both sides of the Ypres-Staden railway. French troops co-operated on our left. Progress in these operations is reported to be satisfactory. Monday, 10.24 p.m. Highly successful minor operations were carried out by our troops this moni'ig on the battle front in the neighbourhood of Poelca.pelle and in conj unction with the French south of HouthuLst Forest. East of Poelca-pelle battalions of the Nor- folk, Suffolk, Essex, and Berks Regiments, and Northumberland Fusiliers attacked on a front of about one and a-half miles, and cap- tured a number of strongly fortified build- ings and concreted redoubts on the hill east of the village. Rain had again fallen during the night, rendering the ground slippery and the task of assembly difficult. In spite of this the whole of our objectives were captured after ilerce fighting, in which many Germans were killed. Our troops south-east of Poelcapelle then pretised on and carried other valuable positions beyond the line of their objectives. Further north, Gloucester, Cheshire, Lan- cashire Fusiliers, Manchester, and Royal Scots battalions, in co-operation with the French, attacked on a front of over two miles from the Ypres-Staden railway to a point north of Mangelare. Severe fighting Wl,- pLac?, but the southern defences of Houthulst Forest were captured with a further series of fortified farms and strong points. The Allied troops have established themselves firmly well beyond the, southern boundarv of the forest. In the course of the morning the enemy delivered a strong local counter-attack in the vicinity of the Ypres-Staden railway. He succeeded in checking the advance of our troops astride the railway line, but at all other points was unable to prevent our pw gress. About 200 prisoners have been captured, and heavy casualties inflicted on the enemy. During the night the enemy raided one of Our posts south of the Scarpe River. A few of our men are missing. 1

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