The battle of passchendaele german dritte flandernschlacht french troisime bataille des flandres also known as the third battle of ypres was a campaign of the first world war fought by the allies against the german empire the battle took place on the western front from july to november 1917 for control of the ridges south and east of the belgian city of ypres in west flanders as . Haig had long mulled the idea of launching a major offensive in flanders it was his preferred choice for 1916 although in the event the battle of the somme took precedence that summer meticulously planned third ypres was launched on 31 july 1917 and continued until the fall of passchendaele village on 6 november. The third battle of ypres known as passchendaele was one of the bloodiest battles fought on the western front both sides suffered significant losses during an offensive which has helped shape popular memory of the conflict. Note citations are based on reference standards however formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study the specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher classroom teacher institution or organization should be applied. The third battle of ypres often known as passchendaele was a british led attack on the german front line around ypres belgium it began on july 31 1917 the british aimed to break into belgium and capture the channel ports stopping the german submarines from using them as a base to attack british merchant ships
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