Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Old Veteran

The last surviving British solider who fought in the trenches of World War One has returned, at the age of 109, to the battlefield.

Harry Patch, 109, from Somerset, made the trip to Belgium to recall his part in the Battle of Passchendaele which claimed 250,000 British casualties.

The Battle of Passchendaele was officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres - the name of the principal town within a bulge in the British lines.

The fighting was so fierce there that the British suffered 3,000 casualties every single day. When you compare that to the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan it makes you realise just how lucky we are that so few are being killed and wounded. God forbid that we ever engage in a was with such massive casualties ever again.

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