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When the British got in the offensive in the summer of 1917, a catastrophy was inevitable. 'Passchendaele' is not just a concept in the history of the First World War, but also a synonym for senseless violence in a war in its most horrible form, pure horror ...
The Battle of Passchendaele is recorded as one of the most gruesome of the First World War. It was a great battle which was fought by British, ANZAC and Canadian soldiers on one hand and Germans on the other. With the Third Battle of Ypres the British Field Marshal wanted to get rid of the German army in order to advance towards the coast, then to recapture the ports of Ostend and Zeebrugge .
At the start of the offensive on July 31st, it started to rain all the time. The front turned into a giant puddle in no time. On August 2nd, the offensive stopped after winning an extra 2 km. By late August they had killed and wounded 125,000 soldiers. After a break in September, the weather had dried up the land and the fighting restarted. This lead to another thousands of deaths and injuries. In early October it began to rain again, all hell broke loose. On October 4th the Australians attacked at Tyne Cot. They were however hampered by the storm and the total inaccessible area (Australian Walk). Between the 4th and the 12th of October the Aussies and Brits lost about 26,000 people all together.
On October 26th the Canadians fought their 'Road to Passchendaele' in the pouring rain. Their advance was slowed down due to the mud and the German poison gas. On November 6th of 1917 Passchendaele eventually fell into British hands. 'Passion-dale' valley of suffering, currently no more than a red stain in the mud.
The Battle of Passchendaele had about 450.000 victims all considered. Field Marshal Haig a.k.a 'The Butcher' was blamed for many deaths and winning only 8km of field. However, this was less important, he had finally regained the Ypres Salient. It got back in German hands in April 1918. They didn't progress further, on November 10th the offensive stopped on the ridge. Passchendaele became now a salient in a salient (Ypres) ...

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The village Passchendaele before and after the First World War