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Letters from home provided a morale boost for troops at the front. These simple messages provided a connection to soldiers and a reminder of what their life had been before.


The 100th anniversary of Passchendaele provides an opportunity to view WW1 in a new way and commemorate the Service and sacrifice of those who lost their lives.

Guided by historian Dan Snow, experience the realities of Passchendaele through a unique combination of first-hand audio accounts, diary excerpts, and archive film and photos.

Find out more at: http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/passchendaele100


Fought between July and November 1917, Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, remains one of the most notorious battles of the First World War.

In three-and-a-half months of fighting, an advance of less than five miles saw an estimated 550,000 Allied and German troops killed, wounded or lost.

Around 90,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers were missing; 50,000 buried without being identified, and 42,000 never recovered from the Belgian fields of Flanders that turned into an ocean of mud.

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