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God speed Harry Patch.

Pope Flick

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Read this and see if you can even begin to get your head around it.



The battle lasted from 31 July to 6 November 1917

An initial bombardment of German positions involved 4.5million shells and 3,000 guns

The battle was infamous for the mud - shelling had churned clay soil and smashed drains

The heaviest rain for 30 years made the mud so deep that men and horses drowned

The battle ended when British and Canadian forces captured Passchendaele

The village was barely five miles beyond the starting point of the offensive

There were a total of 325,000 Allied and 260,000 German casualties


I don't believe it's possible to imagine what it must have been like. 100 days of unending hell, half a million people dead - for five miles of ground.

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