90 years ago….

The 1917 Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres or simply Third Ypres, was one of the major battles of World War I. In this battle, British, ANZAC, Canadian and South African units engaged the Imperial German Army. The battle was fought for control of the village of Passchendaele (now called Passendale) near the town of Ypres (now called Ieper) in West Flanders, Belgium. The plan was to drive a hole in the German lines and advance to the Belgian coast and capture the German submarine bases there. It was intended to create a decisive corridor in a crucial area of the front, and to take pressure off the French forces. After the Nivelle Offensive the French Army was suffering from extremely low morale, resulting in mutinies and misconduct on a scale that threatened the field-worthiness of entire divisions.

The battle was not all fought in mud and rain as there were spells of good weather lasting long enough to dry out the land. Most of the battle took place on largely reclaimed marshland, swampy even without rain. The extremely heavy preparatory bombardment by the British tore up the surface of the land, and heavy rain from August onwards produced an impassable terrain of deep "liquid mud", in which an unknown number of soldiers drowned. Even the newly-developed tanks bogged down.

The Germans were well-entrenched, with mutually-supporting pillboxes which the initial bombardment had not destroyed. After three months of fierce fighting the Canadian Corps took Passchendaele on 6 November 1917, ending the battle, but in the meantime the Allied Powers had sustained almost half a million casualties and the Germans just over a quarter of a million. In the history of World War I, the term ‘Passchendaele’ has become emblematic of the horror of industrialised warfare.

Today the British Queen Elisabeth and her husband Prins Philip visited  Passendale  to remember 500.000 lives ..

Australian gunners in Château Wood near Hooge, 29 October 1917.

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12 Responses to Passchendaele

  1. deepu says:

    hii Sweetiihmm i was a student of Histry, but never heard of this one… you have a fine teaching on the same..
    OMG so many casualities???..!!! hmmmmso not a plesent thing to have learnt..
    have a sweet

  2. Billy says:

    Hi sweeti
    War and peace. The memory of war must serve to remind the world what is not meant to be. War is so senseless, so inhumane, so unhuman.
    The essence of all religions is so against war, and yet war never ceases to happen from time to time.
    In the Holy Bible:
    " Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
      bless those who curse you,
      pray for those who abuse you.
      From anyone who takes away your coat,
      do not withhold even your shirt.
      Give to everyone who begs from you;
      and if anyone takes away your goods,
      do not ask for them again. "   (Luke 6.27-30)
    And also in the Dhammapada, sayings of the Buddha:
    " In this world
      Hate never yet dispelled hate.
      Only love dispels hate.
      This is the law,
      Ancient and inexhaustible.
      You too shall pass away,
      Knowing this, how can you quarrel?" (Buddha)
    Thanks for the post and for sharing, it is a good reminder of what is not meant to be.
    Be well,

  3. The says:

    well.. that’s what we do….
    we kill ppl, then scribble their names on the stones and then bent our heads for one minutes… comes the heavy sigh ‘oh what a sacrifice….’ my question is WHY DID THEY HAVE TO SACRIFICE AT THE FIRST PLACE?
    bloody helpless greed!
    thanQ for ur comments!!! 🙂

  4. Jitender says:

    Military industrial complex here I come.

  5. deepu says:

    helooo Sweetii
    lolzz this is amazing….i mean those new picts of you….would make niway feel good…you seem to have really enjoyed ur day out there…eh?
    keep enjoying..

  6. Adrian says:

    Hi, how are ya!?  Great info, I love history! 🙂   Have a grt week.

  7. Delete52Mitch says:

    As a student of military history, I really enjoyed this entry. I thank you, dear lady!

  8. sonia says:

    Hello Sweeti, how are you?
    That was a grt read !! I do enjoy history,but when it comes to war…..well….it is a harsh reality !! Its said,one shd learn from the past,but the human race still continues to be at war over various issues !!
    How are your prep for Srilanksa going…tickets booked ??
    The pup is adorable !! I keep trying to imagine her expression incase the phone wd ring… !! She is too cute to be a "he"….:)
    My uncle is much better,Sweeti,thanks !! He has a feeding tube attached to his stomach !! He craves for food to be given orally,but
    the doctors have advised against it!
    Thanks for ur support
    have a grt day and tc

  9. deepu says:

    halloo sweettii
    how are you doing?heyy are you working in some Bishop’s office or wat?there is a chapl, there are 3 prists…ohhh
    have a nice day

  10. Vijay says:

    All wars leave enough behind for us to remember the horrors but they don’t seem enough for this world to avoid war. Hope we don’t need more war memorials for our governments to fight for peace and fight to keep away any wars.

  11. Michiko's says:

    Hi sweeti San,
    Well! you would be the history teacher today…… Iam not good subject for a history ha ha ha
    We have an Anzac day that New-Zealand and Australia…World war 1 April 25th in memory of the landing of the Anacs at Gallipoli in 1915. it was stupidity the war….any war’s it doesn’t make sense…If women ran the world,there would be NO WARS, because we don’t want to loose our hubby or son’s ha ha ha
    I trying to slow down my blogging …you can seen my space "Friends place" I had a spring cleaned…I must said even  now I got one on request for a week SO,I went to have looked …there is nothing ..other one she has 400 more friends??….ludicrous..
    Now I better stopped…sorry to complained but I FELT BETTER after ward as you know I am GRUMPY woman today ha ha ha 
    About My health thank you…I wait to next October… by then I hope turn out be okay.
    BIG HUGS,xxxxxxx

  12. Magick says:

    My grandfather was one of the unfortunate soldiers who took part in that battle.  Luckily he survived….but, many of his friends and comrades perished.  It was a proud victory for the Canadian troops.

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