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After 99 days and 3 hours allied troops began to enter Passchendaele village itself – a journey of some 5 miles from their starting-off point on 31 July – an advance quite literally conducted at snail’s pace. It would take another 4 days before the entire ridge would be secured....

Captain Lieutenant Claus Lafrenz was captured when his submarine UC 65 was torpedoed by British submarine C15 in the English Channel. Five of the crew survived while 23 died. Lafrenz had been born and bred on the island of Fehmarn which lies in Baltic Sea, but is connected to the...

This was the day of the second stage of the Second Battle of Passchendaele. The Canadian objectives for the day were to complete the capture of the positions they had attacked on 26 October from where they could later carry out the final attack on Passchendaele itself. Just one Skipton...

The Third Battles of Ypres, commonly known as Passchendaele, was now entering its final stage. The battle itself had started on 31 July. Many exhausted ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) troops had been replaced by Canadian troops. The plan was to advance at three or four day intervals...

The British decided to postpone their offensive until the weather improved. The muddy ground conditions were making it impossible to move the heavy artillery forward to positions where they could become effective. Just one Skipton prisoner was captured. He was 2nd Lieutenant Dietrich von Laak who was in charge of...

The British attack was launched early in the morning accompanied by high winds and heavy rains. The scenario of 9 October 1917 was repeated: heavy losses on both sides coupled with little gain or loss of territory. From the British point of view the gains in territory were at least...

Just two German prisoners were taken on 10 October 1917 who would later be transferred to Skipton. 2nd Lieutenant Meinhard Reins was captured at Poelcappelle suffering from a slight wound to his left thigh. He was 24 years old and was sent to the prisoner-of-war camp at Colsterdale, near Masham....

This was designed to build on the British successes of the previous days. Unfortunately heavy rain had again turned the ground into a sea of mud. The British were keen to bring up artillery to support their infantry, but found this extremely difficult because of the conditions. The British only...

This was the Allies’ most successful victory during the Passchendaele campaign. The torrential rain of August had been replaced by the unsettled weather of September. However heavy rain again started to fall on 4 October. This rain and the resulting mud would have a profound effect on the course of...