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Battle of Passchendaele Belgium

Passchendaele Mud
Mud! (from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Second_Battle_of_Passchendaele_-_Barbed_wire_and_Mud.jpg)

The Battle of Passchendaele followed on from the success of the Battle of Broodseinde Ridge. It began on 9th October 1917 after 5 days of torrential rain. It is remembered for the oceans of sticky mud and the teeming rain that the soldiers had to contend with. It was fought not in a former marshland (as some sources indicate) but on the ridges, slopes and valleys below the village of Passchendaele.

The rich soil of the Ypres area turns to a gluggy mud with only small amounts of water. The relatively short distance to the village became an impassable barrier because of the effect of shelling and huge amounts of water on the soil. Most roads in the area have drains on either side as the water table is relatively high.

There are seven panoramas of the Passchendaele battlefield.

1, The Starting Point Near Tyne Cot

2. Laamkeek Near the Ravebeek

3. Waterfields in the Ravebeek Valley

4. Farmland in the Ravebeek Valley

5. Ravebeek Valley From the Canadian Memorial

6. The Canadian Memorial

7. Passchendaele Village

 

 

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