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Title: British munitions column in August 1917

Description: A British munitions column and its mules and carts are mired deep in mud in August 1917, during the Third Battle of Ypres (July-November 1917), which was aimed at the control of the French village Passchendaele, which was seven miles from the town of Ypres in West Flanders, Belgium; this battle was launched by British Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig (1st Earl Haig; June 19, 1861-January 29, 1928); after a ten-day bombardment of German positions in late July 1917, Haig sent the British Fifth Army under General Hubert Gough (Sir Hubert de la Poer Gough; August 12, 1870-March 18, 1963) northeastward from the old Ypres (leper) salient on July 31, 1917, this army driving the Germans two miles back on that first day; Gough's tenaciously fighting troops, however, were slowed to a crawl within a few days when torrential rains flooded thousands of shell holes and turned dirt roads into muddy quagmires such as those seen in this photo; Haig then shifted his attack to the British Second Army led by General (later field marshal) Sir Herbert Plumer (1st Viscount Plumer; Herbert Charles Onslow Plumer; March 13, 1857-July 16, 1932); Plumer methodically advanced, despite the waterlogged conditions of the terrain and the stiff resistance of the German Fourth Army commanded by General Friedrich Sixt von Arnim (Friedrich Bertram Sixt von Arnim; November 27, 1851-September 30, 1936); on August 16, 1917, Plumer's troops captured the town of Langemarck, five miles north of Ypres, the Meenen Road Ridge on September 20, 1917, the Polygon Wood on October 3, 1917, overcoming all odds and even the use of mustard gas by German defenders; two of Plumer's Canadian brigades fiercely fought their way into the village of Passchendaele and held it on November 6, 1917, which ended the bloody and prolonged Third Battle of Ypres; the British casualties in this offensive exceeded 240,000 with German losses at about the same, including 37,000 prisoners taken by the British; Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889-April 30, 1945), serving as a private in the German Army, fought at Passchendaele, as well as did the oldest living "Tommy," Harry Patch (Henry John Patch; AKA: Harry; June 17, 1898-July 25, 2009), a British private who fought at Passchendaele and who died at 111 years, thirty-eight days, then the third oldest man in the world;

Category: World War I

Keywords: ammunitions, British soldiers, British troops, First World War, The Great War, munitions columns, mules, supplies, supply columns, War to End All Wars, World War I, WWI.

Orientation: Landscape

Dimensions: 2310 x 1679 (3.88 MPixels) (1.38)

Print Size: 19.6 x 14.2 cm; 7.7 x 5.6 inches

File Size: 11.11 MB (11,649,128 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000048252

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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