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On March 18th of 1918 the Fourth Battle of Ypres started, better known as the 'Leieslag', the spring offensive. On March 21st of 1918, hell breaks loose all over the Western front. The Germans, in great majority since peace in Russia was signed, ruled everywhere with their spearhead tactics (small local attacks against weaknesses in the defensive line with specially formed storm battalions, then the regular infantry occupied the conquered territory). On April 9, 1918 the Germans started their offensive in the region, on April 25th the slaughter began at the Kemmelberg ... What the British did in 1917 in 100 days, the Germans were doing in 2 days in the opposite direction. All offensives ended in June 1918, the Germans were at the end of their wits. They had a great lack in material and the British, even in need of equipment, were now backed by the Americans. All terms of manpower and equipment shortages could now easily be absorbed. The Germans willingly gave over as on August 8, 1918 the Allied ended offensive.
On September 28, 1918 the final offensive launched in our region. In Houthulst the Germans were drifted out of the woods and chased Belgian Grenadiers. Carabineers reached Passchendaele the next day and great progress was shown everywhere. After 4 years of fighting the weapons were layed down silently on November 11 of 1918 at 11 hours in the morning ...

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In the First World War these poppies arised and bloomed massively on the lands destroyed and polluted by grenades. The 'poppy' became the worldwide symbol of the dead soldiers. Nowadays you can still see these around Saints English with a "Red Poppy" in the buttonhole.