Remembered: The Battle of Passchendaele | Heritage Calling

Allied Australian troops walk through the remains of Chateau Wood, Passchendaele 29 October 1917. © IWM E(AUS) 1220.

Today – 31 July – marks one hundred years since the start of the Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres, 31 July – 10 November 1917), Britain’s major offensive against German forces in the Flanders region of Belgium.

The ultimate aim was to liberate the occupied Channel ports to the north of Ypres, neutralising the U-boat threat to North Sea shipping and take the pressure off…

Source: Remembered: The Battle of Passchendaele | Heritage Calling

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5 thoughts on “Remembered: The Battle of Passchendaele | Heritage Calling

  1. I have been watching the commemorative events on TV. I have also visited those cemeteries and monuments, and found them overwhelmingly moving. Standing in the winter sunshine in Tyne Cot cemetery, tears flowing…
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • I bet. I cried buckets when I visited my great-uncle at the military cemetery in Etaples. The only thing that really struck me and moved me last night was when the windows of the Cloth Hall lit up with the shadows of individual soldiers. I wasn’t impressed with any of the performers, not even Mirren. And if they were real actors in Hislop’s The Wipers Times, god help us. Hislop himself would have been better!

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