Which regiments fought at Passchendaele?
Among the many North West regiments which fought at Passchendaele were the East Lancashire, South Lancashire, and Loyal North Lancashire Regiments, all now part of today’s Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.
Is 1917 based on the Battle of Passchendaele?
The events of 1917 take place prior to the Battle of Poelcappelle, a smaller skirmish in the larger Battle of Passchendaele, or the Third Battle of Ypres, but were heavily inspired by the campaign, which counted Alfred Mendes among its combatants.
How many shells were fired at Passchendaele?
4.5 million shells
It lasted two weeks, with 4.5 million shells fired from 3,000 guns, but again failed to destroy the heavily fortified German positions. The infantry attack began on 31 July.
What happened at Passchendaele during World War 1?
On 6th November 1917, after three months of fierce fighting, British and Canadian forces finally took control of the tiny village of Passchendaele in the West Flanders region of Belgium, so ending one of the bloodiest battles of World War I.
Who won the first battle of Ypres?
The French lost at least 50,000 at Ypres, while the Belgians suffered more than 20,000 casualties at the Yser and Ypres. A month of fighting at Ypres cost the Germans more than 130,000 casualties, a staggering total that would ultimately pale before later actions on the Western Front.
Where did the Battle of Passchendaele get its name?
Many would afterwards call this offensive, actually a series of battles, after the name of the village that had become the last objective – ‘Passchendaele’. The Australian infantry divisions joined the Third Battle of Ypres which had been going on since 31 July when they took part in the battle of Menin Road on 20 September 1917.
How many people died at Passchendaele in WW1?
There are also some statistics: the plaque states that 1,000,000 from the British Empire were killed, and 2,000,000 wounded on the Western Front during the Great War. It was unveiled by the Honourable Bill Hayden, Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, on the 1st of September, 1993.
When did the Passchendaele book come out?
His book, released for the centenary of the battle (which lasted from July 31 until November 10, 1917) provides a detailed blow-by-blow account while also exploring the controversies surrounding the campaign.
How did the weather affect the Battle of Passchendaele?
The weather, usually the perennial ally of the British, also turned against them. German defenders knew full well that dry conditions were favourable to the attackers, while in wet weather this was reversed. And just as the battle opened on July 31, 1917, wet weather is what the British got.