In just a few short hours on a miserable Belgian morning over 1000 New Zealand soldiers were killed & a further 2000 wounded in an attack on the German front line. Yet the story of this tragic loss of life has not been told fully — until now. In Massacre at Passchendaele, Glyn Harper brings this ill-fated battle to life. The background to the situation facing the Allies in October 1917 is outlined, and the first assault on Passchendaele is described.
The series of books written by Lyn Macdonald are some of the very best out there. Full of personal testimonies from the men that were there, her books transport you directly into the trenches. Brilliant! Passchendaele: The Story of the Third Battle of Ypres 1917: Amazon.co.uk: Lyn MacDonald: 9780241952412: Books
Soldiers of an Australian 4th Division field artillery brigade walk on a duckboard track laid across a muddy, shattered battlefield in Chateau Wood, near Hooge, Belgium, on October 29, 1917. This was during the Battle of Passchendaele, fought by British forces and their allies against Germany for control of territory near Ypres, Belgium. (James Francis Hurley/State Library of New South Wales)