3 days in the Front Line, Heavy Casualties

The Batallion War Diary merely records the casualties for the three days from the 11th -14 October 1917. There is absolutely no account of any action or of the events of those days.

The casualties were heavy. Around 10%of the notional strength were killed or wounded - over 4 times the losses of the 30th September - 1st October when the War Diary gave a relatively detailed account of the action.

I will try to research further the background to these three days - any help would be appreciated.

This was part of the infamous Passchendaele offensive when the troops suffered great losses for minimal gain.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

The site is fantastic.

Unlike us the family would be reading about the war everyday in the newspapers. This would make them aware of major events etc without yet knowing how Harry had been affected.

Is there any way of providing a link to any newspaper source day by day in parallel .

Anonymous said...

this is a fantastic piece of history i only hope lessons are learnt thank you for putting these letters on ..brilliant

ojoconelsordo said...

Good, fantastic history lessons
Congratulations
From Bolivia Percy Herbas.
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sarah said...

how many wars did you serve in ? i am currently in u.s. history class and would like to use your information in my national history day project. and by the way love the blog 2!

John said...

was it the first Passchendaele offensive that there was mud everywhere.