On 12 October 1917 the New Zealand Division launches an attack through deep mud, heavy rain and strong winds to take the village of Passchendaele. Concrete pillboxes, machine guns and deep belts of barbed wire protect the German positions. The result is 2,700 casualties, including 846 dead in less than four hours. 12 October 1917 remains the most tragic day in New Zealands history.
|The Newlove Brother, Edwin and Malcolm KIA 12 Oct 17, Leonard, Charles KIA a week earlier!|