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George Edmund Butler, Polygon Wood and the Butte, 1918

Ref: AAAC 898 NCWA 451

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Polygon Wood (Polygoneveld, or Bois de Polygone), named for its shape, was a large wood near the Ypres-Menin road at Veldhoekn (north east of Ypres). A prominent artificial mound in the wood, called the Butte, had been used by the Belgian army as a shooting range prior to 1914. Fought over during the First Battle of Ypres in October/November 1914, it thereafter remained in German hands until Third Battle of Ypres (aka The Battle of Passchendaele) in 1917. The New Zealand Division was involved in the fighting here in October, 1917.

Charcoal wash, 300x470mm
Western Front

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