WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 39 – They Called It Passchendaele

The Third Battle of Ypres, which has become known in popular parlance as Passchendaele, was one of the most miserable offensives of the war on the Western Front. Starting in July, with an attack on Messines, and finishing in November with the taking of the ridge just beyond Passchendaele. Having spent months fighting the terrain … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 39 – They Called It Passchendaele

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 22 – Death of a Poet

On May 26, 1915, in a hospital in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, Julian Grenfell, then a Captain in the Royal Dragoons, died of the wounds he received on 13 May as he stood talking with other officers during operations near Ypres at Hooge . A splinter of shell which had landed near them hit him in the … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 22 – Death of a Poet

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 12 – If the worst should happen.

On 17 July 1915, Winston Churchill felt the need to sit and write the following letter, which was then sealed in an envelope marked: To be sent to Mrs Churchill in the event of my death. Do not grieve for me too much. I am a spirit confident of my rights. Death is only an … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 12 – If the worst should happen.

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 10 – Sinking of the Lusitania

  On May 1st 1915, RMS Lusitania, flying the British flag, set out from New York, bound for Liverpool. On May 7th 1915 she was torpedoed by a German U-Boat just off the coast of Southern Ireland in the Celtic Sea. The explosive breach of her hulk coupled with a second, internal, explosion moments later … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 10 – Sinking of the Lusitania