Tag: Messines

August 16, 1917 – 27 Londonderry men die on first day of Battle of Langemarck

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.

August 16, 1917 – Messines worse than the Somme – a costly date for the Ulster and Irish Divisions

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…

June 7 – Battle of Messines 7/14 June, 1917

Today is the anniversary of one of the most apocalyptic Allied attacks on the German lines during WWI – the Battle of Messines Ridge in West Flanders, Belgium. The 16th (Irish) Division and the 36th (Ulster) Division took part. Protestant and Catholic, Unionist and…

June 7 – On this day

In 1917 the Battle of Messines begins with allies detonating 19 enormous mines beneath the German lines