Last survivor re-lives the horrors of Passchendaele

Last survivor re-lives the horrors of Passchendaele

British soldiers with Trench Coat: developed as an alternative to the heavy serge greatcoats worn by British and French soldiers in the First World War

The dawn of Passchendaele, Pictures of the Great War by Frank Hurley

The dawn of Passchendale. The Relay Station near Zonnebeke Station, / Frank Hurley by State Library of New South Wales collection .

WWI, 4 Sept 1917, Battle of Passchendaele; German prisoners of the 8th and 19th Reserve Divisions captured near Reutel, St. Jean. ©IWM  (Q 2998)

WWI, 4 Sept 1917, Battle of Passchendaele; German prisoners of the 8th and 19th Reserve Divisions captured near Reutel, St. Jean. ©IWM (Q 2998)

WWI, 3 Sept 1917, Battle of Passchendaele; Some of the ruins of Ypres in the sunlight. Cropped. © IWM (E(AUS) 706)

WWI, 3 Sept 1917, Battle of Passchendaele; Some of the ruins of Ypres in the sunlight. Cropped. © IWM (E(AUS) 706)

WWI, 27 August 1917, Battle of Passchendaele; British officers outside their dug outs on the banks of the Yser Canal, Ypres. ©IWM Q 5947

WWI, 27 August 1917, Battle of Passchendaele; British officers outside their dug outs on the banks of the Yser Canal, Ypres. ©IWM Q 5947

WWI, 5 Sept 1917, Battle of Passchendaele; Men of the East Yorkshire Regiment crossing newly won ground at Frezenburg. ©IWM Q 3014A

WWI, 5 Sept 1917, Battle of Passchendaele; Men of the East Yorkshire Regiment crossing newly won ground at Frezenburg. ©IWM Q 3014A

WWI, 1917, Battle of Passchendaele

10 Flandres, Oise, Picardie, Georges Gras entre en Lorraine et à Sarrebruck

The Duchess of Cambridge arrived wearing a white Alexander McQueen coat-dress...

William and Kate mark Battle of Passchendaele

The Duchess of Cambridge arrived wearing a white Alexander McQueen coat-dress...

Chelsea pensioners John Kidman, 87, (left) and Bill 'Spud' Hunt, 83, wear Virtual Reality headsets during the Royal British Legion launch of the Battle of Passchendaele virtual reality content at the Household Cavalry Museum in Westminster, London, on July 25, 2017.

Photos of the Week: 7/22–7/28

Chelsea pensioners John Kidman, 87, (left) and Bill 'Spud' Hunt, 83, wear Virtual Reality headsets during the Royal British Legion launch of the Battle of Passchendaele virtual reality content at the Household Cavalry Museum in Westminster, London, on July 25, 2017.

Wikipedia basic history of passchendaele

Chateau Wood - Ypres - 1917 Soldiers of an Australian Division field artillery brigade on a duckboard track passing through Chateau Wood, near Hooge in the Ypres salient, 29 October Australian War Memorial collection number

WWI, 25 August 1917, Battle of Passchendaele; Infantry Officers observing Oosttaverne. ©IWM (Q 5917)

WWI, 25 August 1917, Battle of Passchendaele; Infantry Officers observing Oosttaverne. ©IWM (Q 5917)

William arrived looking smart in a royal blue suit, poppy and medals, with Kate looking resplendent in an ivory coat dress with matching hat and grey suede court shoes

William and Kate mark Battle of Passchendaele

William arrived looking smart in a royal blue suit, poppy and medals, with Kate looking resplendent in an ivory coat dress with matching hat and grey suede court shoes

WWI, 5 Sept 1917, Battle of Passchendaele; Relieving Battalion, 4th Battalion, Dorset Regiment, marching up to the line in the evening, on a road near Ypres. ©IWM Q 3003

WWI, 5 Sept 1917, Battle of Passchendaele; Relieving Battalion, 4th Battalion, Dorset Regiment, marching up to the line in the evening, on a road near Ypres. ©IWM Q 3003

THE BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE, JULY-NOVEMBER 1917  Men of the West Yorkshire Regiment sitting in a captured German pill box waiting to go into action, near the St Julien - Gravenstafel road during the Battle of Polygon Wood, 26 September - 3 October, part of the Battle of Passchendaele.  (Photo source © IWM Q 2903)  Colorised by Leo Corvoisier from Argentina https://www.facebook.com/pages/Greetings-from-the-trenches/830845900362286?fref=nf

THE BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE, JULY-NOVEMBER 1917 Men of the West Yorkshire Regiment sitting in a captured German pill box waiting to go into action, near the St Julien - Gravenstafel road during the Battle of Polygon Wood, 26 September - 3 October, part of the Battle of Passchendaele. (Photo source © IWM Q 2903) Colorised by Leo Corvoisier from Argentina https://www.facebook.com/pages/Greetings-from-the-trenches/830845900362286?fref=nf

At 7:28am on July 1st, 1916 the Battle of the Somme started with explosion of 17 massive 'mines' underneath enemy territory. Lochnagar was the largest of these. Created by Allied mining and demolition experts over several months, the mine was packed with 27,216 kilograms of explosives, set in two charges 18 metres apart and 16 metres below ground. The explosion obliterated between 91 and 122 metres of the German dug-outs, thought to have been full of German troops.

At on July 1916 the Battle of the Somme started with explosion of 17 massive 'mines' underneath enemy territory. Lochnagar was the largest of these. It remains "The largest crater ever made by man 'in anger'".

Pinterest
Search