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Third Battle of Ypres

The first and second battles of Ypres were launched by the Germans in 1914 and 1915  

The Third Battle of Ypres (Also know as) The Battle of Passchendale involved Great Britain and  French troops took place from June to November 1917.

 

Douglas Haig intended to launched an offensive with The Third Battle of Ypres in the Flanders region of Belgium on July 17th 1917 with three months of brutal fighting to follow.

 

The battle was to regain control of the Ridges South which is located on both the south and east side of Ypres in Belgium.

 

Ypres is 5 miles away from a railway junction which played a major part of the Germans supply route for the Fourth German Army.

Allied advances never took place and it was the intention to destroy German submarines based a the North coast of Belgium.

 

The Canadian corps and British troops recaptured Passchendale on November 6th 1917.

Estimated figures are said to be in the region of 310,000 British casualties and 260,000 German Casualties during this controversial battle.

 

 

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