Published By John Davies
Advance in Flanders. Terhand, Belgium. 2 Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 29 September 1918.
During the 100 Days the Advance in Flanders had the objective to recover the ground lost during the Kaiser Offensive and break out of the Ypres Salient. The Advance began at 5.30am on 28 September 1918 and would continue until the end of October. The first weeks were spent breaking out of the Salient and fighting over the battlegrounds of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Ypres, the offensive is also known as 5th Ypres.
The first day saw great success and an advance of about 6 miles putting them against the Passchendaele Line – a line of defences to the east of Passchendaele village. The 2 Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were in a section of the line just to the east of Terhand.
The battalion and brigade War Dairies for 2 Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers are both missing for 28-30 September 1918. The 1 Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers War Dairy for this period gives some details.
1 Bn RIF received orders at 3.00pm 29 September to fill a gap that had opened up in the front line to the right of 2 Bn RIF and the left of 29 Division. 1 Bn RIF moved to fill the gap placing their left flank on the road running west of Terhand and in touch with 2 Bn RIF.
GOOGLE MAPS Satellite view centres on Terhand, Belgium
References and Sources WAR DIARY 1 Bn RIF, pages missing, information from 1 Bn RIF War Diary.
B&O 1918. 100 Days. Advance in Flanders. Ypres. 2 Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. 29 September 1918.