The composed section sets off to their objective: a farmhouse in the middle of no man's land not far from "clock wood". The battalion needs that position to establish an OP (observation post) for directing machine gun fire. For that purpose a signaller from company's HQ is attached to the section. The corporal, in his normal job a rangetaker specialist, has the responsibility to bring this task to a good end.
The section advances in a double file formation. This allows traffic to cross in the middle. A great necessity along the roads, south of Rijckevorsel, for they are occupied with all sorts of divisional traffic.
The deserted Kubelwagen on the side of the road bears a red rhombus, the marking of the German 711. ID. This infantry division was deployed in fierce counter attacks around the village, when the vital bridgehead over the canal was formed some weeks ago.
Note that most of the men are wearing a rolled up gas cape on their belts. Such capes were originally for protection against spray-gas, but became more of a handy rain cape later in the war. Against regulations of course...
It was typical of soldiers to discard and acquire different sorts of equipment. Also altering their issued kit to improve comfort was not an unusual habit at the front. The entrenching tool, for example, was mainly carried at the back of the waist belt, rather than on the side of it.
"Single file lads, we are approaching the front line"