Although usually known by the ultimate battle in winter conditions for the village of Passchendaele, Third Ypres had commenced in the summer with a innovative attack along the Messines Ridge. Professor Derry considers how the fighting developed over increasingly treacherous terrain.
IMAGE: The Battle of Pilckem Ridge. An advanced British 18 pounder RFA gun battery taking up new positions close to a communication trench near Boesinghe, 31 July 1917. Imperial War Museum Q5723.
IMAGE: A German soldier seated on wooden track between Ypres and Passchendaele. Two notice boads read: ” Track leading to Crest Farm and Passchendaele” and (possibly) “Hamburg Battalion HQ”. Imperial War Museum made Q57535