Monday, 31 July 2017

100 years Passchendaele

100 years on, we remember the soldiers from all over the world that gave their lives at Passchendaele during WWI

The "courage and bravery" of those who fought in one of the bloodiest battles of World War One has been remembered, 100 years after it began.
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Prince Charles, Prince William and Prime Minister Theresa May were among those who paid tribute to soldiers who fought at Passchendaele, in Belgium.
Some 4,000 relatives attended the ceremony at Tyne Cot cemetery, Ypres.
In the three months of fighting, half a million Allied and German soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing.
Prince Charles addressed the service, saying: "We remember it not only for the rain that fell, the mud that weighed down the living and swallowed the dead, but also for the courage and bravery of the men who fought here."
The conflict - officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres - was fought from 31 July 1917 until November that year.

    It was not only infamous for the number of casualties but the mud. Many drowned in the thick quagmire, caused by weeks of relentless rain.   (Taken from the BBC webpage )
    God bless these wonderful human beings ..many of whom never returned....let us not take them for granted
    Lest we forget........

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