October 9 and 12, 1917 – With the weather having broken, the Australians join British and New Zealand troops in two violent attacks on the village of Passchendaele in atrocious conditions.
Inadequate artillery support, poor communication and a sea of mud contribute to a massacre. The Australian 2nd, 3rd and 4th Divisions lose more than 5000 men without capturing the town. The Canadian Corps takes over and eventually secures Passchendaele, after two weeks of bitter fighting and at a cost of 15,000 casualties.
Commemorate those who fought in in World War I in Flanders Fields, Belgium on Mat McLachlan Battlefields Passchendaele Centenary Tour.