Category: third battle of ypres

Three soldiers pause to light cigarettes dur…

Three soldiers pause to light cigarettes during the Third Battle of Ypres. Pilckem, 22nd August 1917.

Remains of a line of German strong points ne…

Remains of a line of German strong points near Saint Julien, 12 October 1917. You gauge the size of these blockhouses by the two soldiers sitting behind one in the background.
Gone were the long, parallel lines of continuous trenches by late 1917. Strong points like these with interlocking fields of fire and supporting troops in shell holes were the new reality of “trench warfare”.

Two men of the 42nd Canadian Infantry Battal…

Two men of the 42nd Canadian Infantry Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada) clean a Lewis Gun in a reserve trench during the Third Battle of Ypres, November 1917.

Panoramic view of Canadian troops carrying t…

Panoramic view of Canadian troops carrying trench mats, interspersed with German prisoners in a wasteland of mud during the assault on Passchendaele, November 1917.

Doesn’t look like much in the tumblr format but have a look on the IWM website and it’s very impressive.

An Australian Medical Officer attends a wounde…

An Australian Medical Officer attends a wounded man at an Advanced Dressing Station during the Third Battle of Ypres, 20 August 1917.

Two machine gunners of the 33rd Battalion Ma…

Two machine gunners of the 33rd Battalion Machine Gun Corps siting a barrage position with a prismatic compass and a range finder, November 1917.

Two British soldiers asleep on a gun carriage,…

Two British soldiers asleep on a gun carriage, September 1917.

Troops moving up at eventide – men of a Yorksh…

Troops moving up at eventide – men of a Yorkshire regiment on the march, September 1917.

British Royal Garrison Artillery in action dur…

British Royal Garrison Artillery in action during the Battle of Menin Road, September 1917.

Wounded soldiers at a RAMC dressing station …

Wounded soldiers at a RAMC dressing station on a ruined farm near Wieltje, on the road to Broodseinde, 5 October 1917.