Photo postcard of the intersection of two dirt roads in a landscape devoid of trees. In the background, a cemetery, In the foreground, a fortified position.
Written in German on negative LL:
“Wegkreuz m/ Friedhof” (Wayside cross with cemetery)
Written in pencil on back ”Broodseinde”
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)
The Battle of Broodseinde was fought on 4 October 1917 near Ypres in Belgium, at the east end of the Gheluvelt plateau, by the British Second and Fifth armies against the German 4th Army. The battle was the most successful Allied attack of the Third Battle of Ypres. Using bite-and-hold tactics, with objectives limited to what could be held against German counter-attacks, the British devastated the German defence, which prompted a crisis among the German commanders and caused a severe loss of morale in the 4th Army. Preparations were made by the Germans for local withdrawals and planning began for a greater withdrawal, which would entail the abandonment by the Germans of the Belgian coast, one of the strategic aims of the Flanders offensive.