Tuesday, April 15, 2008


This Day in the History of Success at First

On this day in 1918, German forces, under Erich von Ludendorff, forced the British off Passchendaele Ridge, an area the Brits had captured in November, 1917 at the mere cost of half a million killed or badly wounded (on both sides). In addition to Passchendaele Ridge, the Germans gained control of Messines Ridge, the scene of another, at the time important, Allied victory in June, 1917, which only cost 300,000 casualties, give or take.

It's impossible to be too cynical regarding how WWI was fought.


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