Warfare in News
Posted on Wednesday 4th January
Are you a descendant or have a personal connection to the Third Battle of Ypres? Then why not enter the ballot to attend the UK Government's national commemorative event in Belgium this year marking the centenary of the Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele?
Held in Belgium at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Tyne Cot Cemetery on July 31, four thousand seats will be allocated in pairs, free of charge.
Culture Secretary Karen Bradley, the minister responsible for the UK's WW1 Centenary programme, said:
"As we continue to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, it is important that we remember the horrors of the battlefields of Ypres and honour the many who lost their lives. Some of the First World War’s most defining images of futility, mud, gas attacks and trenches come from these very battlefields.”
There will be a public event in the Market Square, Ieper (Ypres), on the evening of July 30, telling the story of the First World War on the Ypres salient. It will follow the traditional Last Post ceremony at the nearby Menin Gate, on this occasion giving thanks to those who have remembered the British and Commonwealth involvement and sacrifices every evening in peacetime since 1928.
The Ballot closes on 24 February 2017!
Visit Centenary News for more information and ticket links today.
VCs on the Western Front - 1917 to Third Ypres(Hardback - 368 pages)
by Paul Oldfield
In the past, while visiting the First World War battlefields, the author often wondered where the various Victoria Cross actions took place. He resolved to find out. In 1988, in the midst of his army career, research for this book commenced and over the years numerous sources have been consulted.
Victoria Crosses on the Western Front – 1917 to Third Ypres is designed for the battlefield visitor as much as the… Read more...
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