During the two following days the concentration moved north five miles, penetrating between Armentires and Messines.
This forest extended northwest of Lille and south of Messines.
The most critical fighting of the day in this part of the line was at Messines, on Allenby's right.
The fighting around Messines on the 31st had been equally severe.
The battalion fought its way forward from Messines to a position east of the Ypres-Lille main road.
An attack was made by the Germans on Messines about this time, but was decisively repulsed.
It leads towards Messines Ridge, and I guess there's not much tunnelling left there.
Our box seat was on top of a hill just back of Messines ridge.
By five o'clock Messines itself was captured by the fearless Australians.
On the north the Messines Ridge blocked the way of the German advance.