3rd Oct 1917: Anzac attack battalions move forward with spirits high

The Anzac attack battalions began to move east and bivouacked in shell holes, and at various hours after dusk moved to the Jumping Off Tapes. As Bean recalls the AIF 1st and 2nd Divisions having carried out one great attack just two weeks before at the Menin Road advanced to this second operation in exuberant mood, their spirits lifted by having four Anzac divisions fighting alongside each other plus having the British 7th Division on their right whose fighting quality had been witnessed by the Australians at Bullecourt five months previous. The chief danger to the operation would appear to the chance of a break in the weather.  Meanwhile for the 22nd Battalion during the day our artillery caused about 20 casualties and two Lewis guns were destroyed by shorts.

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