Today marks one hundred years since the infamous Battle of Passchendaele, known for its incredibly high number of tragedies.
The battle took place during a period of torrential rain, leaving British and Canadian troops to fight against a huge quagmire of mud as well as their enemy, the German Army. The Allies were launching a renewed assault on German lines during the First World War, in the contested region of Ypres in Belgium. The battle is often referred to as the ‘Third Battle of Ypres’ and involved three months of fighting to take over the village of Passchendaele and the ridge that surrounded it.
When the Allies finally declared victory, almost a third of their soldiers had been killed or wounded. The heavy rain and thickening mud allowed the quagmire to take down men, horses and tanks throughout the battle and it is understood that there were a total of 260,000 German casualties and 310,000 British.
In the early days of the battle, the Allies took more than 5,000 German prisoners, and fought through the following months to their victory. The village was eventually captured by the Canadian and British troops on November 6th 1917.
The battle has been known ever since for its many casualties and is considered one of the most costly ventures of the First World War.
Read more about the Battle of Passchendaele here.
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