The Battle of Passchendaele During World War I, the Wristwatch, Greatcoats, Service Ration Depots, and British vs. German Barbed Wire Fencing

July 31, 1917 saw the beginning of one of the most controversial and devistating battles of World War I, the Battle of Passchendaele. The plan was for the British to fight through to the English Channel and deny German u-boats the use of Belgium ports; a sound theory which turned into carnage. More than 500,000 soldiers died at the Battle of Passchendaele, many of them drowning in the waste high mud which was omnipresent because of the torrential rains which flooded the trenches. Passchendaele h...

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