Current Affairs

Passchendaele was “nothing but utter desolation … just one shell hole touching another”

By Greg Hall in

Issue 3985 13th Oct 2016

October 12 marks the 99th anniversary of the worst day in New Zealand military history, when 846 young New Zealanders were killed during the attack on Bellevue Spur, Flanders, in Belgium. New Zealand troops had also been in action eight days earlier at the Battle of Broodseinde, when another 320 lost their lives. Many more were wounded. We remember these actions as the Battle of Passchendaele. Although we tend to regard World War I as “ancient history”, there are Kiwis still alive whose fathers fought in one of these engagements.

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