Thursday, 4 October 2012

The Battle of Broodseinde , 95 years ago

Today exactly 95 years ago, on 4 October 1917 started the Battle of Broodseinde, part of the Battle of Passchendaele. Four ANZAC Divisions were at the centre of the major thrust in the Battle of Passchendaele. One of these, the New Zealand Division, is to provide central flanking support by seizing ‘s Graventafel Spur, it is also known as the Battle of Gravenstafel. 

David Gallaher
David Gallaher, former captain of the Original All Blacks was wounded at 's Graventafel and died later that day.

The 3rd Australian Division took Tyne Cot (today Tyne Cot Cemetery), Lewis Mc Gee from the 40th Bn earned his VC. The 1st and 2nd Australian Division were attacking Broodseinde.
It was a formidable task requiring the men to advance up open slopes, all of which were comprehensively covered by a mixture of mutually supporting German pillboxes as well as isolated machine-gun groups posted in shell holes and protected by barbed wire.
Lest we forget

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