Motion S5M-06875: Centenary of Passchendaele

02 Aug 2017

That the Parliament notes the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, 31 July to 10 November 1917; acknowledges that the 9th, 15th and 51st Scottish divisions took part and the objective was to force a breakthrough in the German lines and to capture their ports on the Belgian coast; notes that, instead, the offensive become stuck in the village of Passchendaele and that about 615,000 men died, 325,000 on the Allied side and 260,000 on the German side; understands that many of those casualties were as a result of drowning in the sea of mud that it created; believes that the battle, like the war itself, showcased the horrors and futility of such conflict, and hopes that the experience of those who were killed or injured 100 years ago will lead to a more peaceful world.