Preparing for Hell, Ypres Salient, World War 1

Dennis Melling

Drobeta Turnu Severin, Romania

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My grandfather Benjamin Melling was killed at the Battle of Pickem Ridge, in the Ypres salient. The family are pretty sure that this photograph is of his Royal Field Artillery battery, on the day before the attack. Rainfall that day was 22mm.

Because the original photograph is a thumbnail I have increased it’s size, whilst adding a slight tint, with DAP.

The Battle of Pilckem Ridge, 31 July – 2 August 1917, was the opening attack of the main part of the Third Battle of Ypres in the First World War. The battle took place in the Ypres Salient area of the Western Front.

After several weeks of changeable weather, heavy rainfall began in the afternoon of 31 July and had a serious effect on operations in August, causing more problems for the British who were advancing into the area devastated by artillery fire and partly flooded.

The Battle of Pilckem Ridge : A British 18 pounder field gun battery taking up new positions close to a communication trench near Boesinghe, 31 July 1917.

IWMLondonThumbnail.jpg This is photograph Q 5723 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums (collection no. 1900-13) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
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It was commercially published prior to 1966; or
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