The Third Battle Of Ypres / The Battle of Passchendaele

On July 31st, 1917 — nearly 103 years ago — the Third Battle of Ypres, also known as the Battle of Passchendaele — took place on the Western Front.

It lasted three months, one week and three days and ended on November 10th, 1917 with the Canadian Corps capturing Passchendaele.

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The number of casualties is named with 400.000 to 800.000 and still today, Paschendale (as the English version is pronounced) is a synonym for yet another senseless waste of lifes and resources without any markable wins on territory, the so-called #Verdun of Belgium. The English poet-soldier Siegfried Sassoon wrote once: „I died in hell (They called it Passchendaele)” and so we can just assume what horrors happened there once.⁣
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⁣Today we remember especially this battle and honour all those who paid the highest price for their country.⁣⁣ Let us learn from history and perpetuate the memory of all brave men who fought in this senseless war.

Lest we forget.

⁣⁣„… Blood is falling like the rain⁣
⁣⁣⁣Its crimson cloak unveils again⁣
⁣⁣The sound of guns can’t hide their shame⁣
⁣⁣And so we die on Paschendale⁣
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⁣⁣Dodging shrapnel and barbed wire⁣
⁣⁣Running straight at cannon fire⁣
⁣⁣Running blind as I hold my breath⁣
⁣⁣Say a prayer symphony of death⁣
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⁣As we charge the enemy lines⁣
⁣⁣A burst of fire and we go down⁣
⁣⁣I choke a cry but no-one hears⁣
⁣⁣Feel the blood go down my throat…“⁣⁣
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⁣⁣(Iron Maiden , „Paschendale“) ⁣⁣

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