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Monday, July 31, 2017

Royals and relatives mark centennial of WWI battle of Passchendaele


PASSCHENDAELE, Belgium (Reuters) - Relatives read letters and journal extracts from fighters who kicked the bucket in the World War One clash of Passchendaele when they assembled on Monday for a function to check a long time since the begin of one of the war's bloodiest offensives.


                  Royals and relatives mark centennial of WWI battle of Passchendaele



Legislators and sovereignty joined relatives of the dead for the century of the 103-day fight in western Belgium in which the greater part a million Allied and German troops were killed or injured.

The merciless conflict, which turned into an image of the repulsions of the war, started on July 31, 1917 when Britain propelled an attack against German strengths who were holding the level sitting above the Belgium city of Ypres.

Hit by substantial rain, the battle changed the Flanders marshes into a mud-agitated bog rendering tanks stationary and for all intents and purposes incapacitating the infantry.

Somewhere in the range of 4,000 relatives of the fighters who battled there assembled at the Tyne Cot Cemetery close Ypres, where about 12,000 Commonwealth dead are covered.

They were joined by Britain's Prince Charles, Prince William, his significant other Kate, Prime Minister Theresa May, and Belgian King and Queen Philippe and Mathilde.

At the administration, Prince Charles regarded the "mettle and courage" of those murdered and said the social affair was "to guarantee we will always remember."

Military work force and relatives read out letters and journal extracts penned by a large number of the individuals who kicked the bucket. The function finished up with a fly-past by the Belgian flying corps in a "missing man" arrangement.

Sovereign William paid tribute on Sunday at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres to those "who yielded everything for the lives we live today."

As he talked, a great many paper poppies were dropped from the top of the door, which is engraved with the names of 54,391 British officers who have no known grave.

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