Battle of Passchendaele

Third Battle of Ypres July-November 1917

In this photograph five Australian soldiers, members of a field artillery brigade, march along a duckboard track over mud and water amongst gaunt bare tree trunks in the devastated Chateau Wood, a portion of one of the battlegrounds in the Ypres salient.  We are looking from the devastated castle park, belonging to Château de Hooge at Ypres, where the frontline with trenches moved back and forth many times from 1914-1918. The castle was heavily shelled on the 31st of October 1914, killing the staff of the three British divisions using it as headquarters and subsequently the ruins were conquered several times by each side. Hooge is now a memorial site.

Photo by Frank Hurley.