The Ypres Salient - CWGC

The relentlessly bad weather defied all hopes of accurate prediction. In fact the August 1917 rainfall for this part of Flanders was twice the normal monthly average; Canadian stretcher bearers carry wounded through the mudthe first two weeks of August saw only one rainless day and in the whole month there were only three rainless days. It represented the worst weather in Belgium for over 70 years: ' August the total rainfall was 127mm, with a punishing 84mm falling in five days (1st, 8th, 14th, 26th and 27th). Dividing the month into two 10-day and one 11 day periods we find the rain so spread across the dull and relatively windless month that the ground could not dry, the rain in those three periods being 53.6, 32.4 and 41.3mm respectively.’ (‘The Flanders Battleground and the Weather in 1917’, John Hussey, in ‘Passchendaele in Perspective: the Third Battle of Ypres', edited by Peter H Liddle, London, Leo Cooper, 1997, p.149).


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