Red Arrows over Ottawa. Today’s Roll reflects the costs at the Battle of Langemarck in 1917. There are several accounts which highlight the quality of the young men who served their country and the cause of freedom in both World Wars.
The battle produced tiny gains for the Allies and heavy casualties. Twenty-seven men associated with the city of Londonderry, and its immediate environs, lost their lives on that terrible day.
A year after the Battle of the Somme, the 36th Ulster Division was a changed force. Whilst there was still a significant number of men from the north of Ireland, many had been wounded two or three times but when they returned to their… Continue Reading “August 16, 1917 – Messines worse than the Somme – a costly date for the Ulster and Irish Divisions”