Hell on Earth: The Battle of Passchendaele

by alphamonkey on July 17, 2007 · 2 comments

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World War I’s Battle of Passchendaele lasted nearly four months and accounted for nearly half a million Allied casualties, and nearly a quarter million German casualties at a staggering rate of 2,121 casualties a day.  It remains a horrific remainder of the brutality of industrialized warfare.  This year marks the 90th anniversary of the battle, and the Daily Mail released some newly restored photos to commemorate this year’s anniversary. 

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    it was also noted that after the great war only two villages in the whole of the uk hadn’t lost a single man to the conflict.

    in doing some genealogy a few years back i also discovered that four of my ancestors had lost there lives in battle. of which two i believe where at passchendaele. neither of their bodies were found.

    the shear scale of the massacre the horrifying reality of mechanised death…

  • http://www.dadsbigplan.com .alphamonkey.

    Wow. How weird to think that only two villages avoided casualties there.

    The US is so much more focused on WWII that it’s easy to forget how much of an impact WWI had on our world.

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