90th Anniversary of Passchendaele

Tuesday 31st July is the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele in which over half a million soldiers from both sides died.

The BBC is reporting that the last known British survivor of the trenches is revisiting the scene of the battle to pay his respects.

Harry Patch, 109, from Somerset, made the trip to Belgium to recall his part in the Battle of Passchendaele which claimed 250,000 British casualties. He also went to pay homage to the tens of thousands of German soldiers who lost their lives. […] During the fighting Mr Patch was badly wounded and three of his best friends were killed when a shell exploded just yards from where he was standing.

Half a million dead for 5 miles of ground in 99 days.

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