Since 1914 much of the drainage had been destroyed, though some parts were restored by land drainage companies from England. Other operations were begun by the British to regain territory or to evict the Germans from ground overlooking their positions. At the end of June, Haig added a division to II Corps (Lieutenant-General Claud Jacob) from the Second Army and next day, after meeting with Gough and General Herbert Plumer, the Second Army commander, Haig endorsed the Fifth Army plan. By NIGEL BLUNDELL. [98], At 4:00 a.m. on 30 September, a thick mist covered the ground and at 4:30 a.m. German artillery began a bombardment between the Menin road and the Reutelbeek. Poelcappelle was captured but the attack at the junction between the 34th and 35th divisions was repulsed. British, New Zealanders and Australians had lost their confidence and German morale rose. However, Passchendaele village lay barely five miles beyond the starting point of his offensive. Another German attack failed and the German troops dug in behind some old German barbed wire; after dark, more German attacks around Cameron Covert failed. [30], Preparations for operations in Flanders began in 1915, with the doubling of the Hazebrouck–Ypres rail line and the building of a new line from Bergues to Proven, which was doubled in early 1917. Passchendaele was the third and longest battle to take place at Ypres, Belgium. The third battle of Ypres, or the Battle of Passchendaele, took place from July to November of 1917. British naval leaders urged their government to force the Germans from occupied ports on the Belgian coast, which were being used … (Image: Australian War Memorial) The attrition rate was catastrophic for the German Army By far the most significant result of Passchendaele was the catastrophic impact it had on the German Army. Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, commander of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), did not receive approval for the Flanders operation from the War Cabinet until 25 July. Discover the battle of Passchendaele Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. The British replied with small-arms fire and bombs, forcing the Germans to retreat in confusion but a post was lost south of the Menin road, then retaken by an immediate counter-attack. Gough held meetings with his corps commanders on 6 and 16 June, where the third objective, which included the Wilhelmstellung (third line), a second-day objective in earlier plans, was added to the two objectives due to be taken on the first day… Every effort was to be made to induce the British to reinforce their forward positions with infantry for the German artillery to bombard them. [125], The British Fifth Army undertook minor operations from 20–22 October, to maintain pressure on the Germans and support the French attack at La Malmaison, while the Canadian Corps prepared for a series of attacks from 26 October – 10 November. After 100 days there was a territorial gain of merely eight kilometres. Passchendaele has become popular with the misery of grinding attrition warfare. The rises are slight, apart from the vicinity of Zonnebeke, which has a gradient of 1:33. [149] In his 1977 work, Terraine wrote that the German figure ought to be increased because their statistics were incomplete and because their data omitted some lightly wounded men, who would have been included under British casualty criteria, revising the German figure by twenty per cent, which made German casualties 260,400. The 98th Brigade was to advance and cover the right flank of the 5th Australian Division and the 100th Brigade was to re-capture the lost ground further south. United Kingdom and New Zealand servicemen who died after that date are named on the memorial at Tyne Cot Cemetery.   What happened? The Battle of Passchendaele, fought July 1917, is sometimes called the Third Battle of Ypres. Sheldon wrote that the German casualties could only be brought up to 399,590 by including the 182,396 soldiers who were sick or treated at regimental aid posts for "minor cuts and wounds" but not struck off unit strength; Sheldon wrote "it is hard to see any merit" in doing so. Both sides raided and the British used night machine-gun fire and artillery barrages to great effect. The British attacked towards Westroozebeke on the night of 1/2 December but the plan to mislead the Germans by not bombarding the German defences until eight minutes after the infantry began their advance came undone. No ground captured by the British was lost and German counter-attacks managed only to reach ground to which survivors of the front-line divisions had retired. Belgium had been recognised in the Treaty of London (1839) as a sovereign and neutral state after the secession of the southern provinces of the Netherlands in 1830. A strong west wind ruined the smoke screens and the British artillery failed to suppress the German machine-guns. After more than three months of bloody combat, the Third Battle of Ypres effectively comes to an end on November 6, 1917, with a hard-won victory by British and [78] The tactical changes ensured that more infantry attacked on narrower fronts, to a shallower depth than on 31 July, like the Fifth Army attacks in August. [157] Conditions in the salient improved with the completion of transport routes and the refurbishment of German pillboxes. In the case of the United Kingdom only casualties before 16 August 1917 are commemorated on the memorial. The infantry were supported by artillery-observation and ground-attack aircraft; a box-barrage was fired behind the British front-line, which isolated the British infantry from reinforcements and ammunition. In Haig's defence, the rationale for an offensive was clear and many agreed that the Germans could afford the casualties less than the Allies, who were being reinforced by America's entry into the war. The Canadian Corps' participation in the Second Battle of Passchendaele is commemorated with the Passchendaele Memorial at site of the Crest Farm on the south-west fringe of Passchendaele village. Originally planned to break out of the Ypres Salient and roll up the Belgian coast, by the time it came to an end in November 1917, the British Expeditionary Force had advanced just five miles and sustained more than 200,000 casualties. [63] Another general offensive intended for 25 August, was delayed by the failure of the preliminary attacks and then postponed due to more bad weather. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. [115] General William Birdwood later wrote that the return of heavy rain and mud sloughs was the main cause of the failure to hold captured ground. The German defence had failed to stop a well-prepared attack made in good weather. The fine weather in early September had greatly eased British supply difficulties, especially in ammunition and the British made time to establish a defence in depth on captured ground, protected by standing artillery barrages. ... T he commemorations will be preceded on the night before by the traditional Last … Other answers will cover the military details, this is more about the “feel” or “sense” of the battle and how it’s remembered today. [10], In January 1916, Plumer began to plan offensives against Messines Ridge, Lille and Houthulst Forest. Constant shelling had churned the clay soil and smashed the drainage systems. Within a few days, the heaviest rain for 30 years had turned the soil into a quagmire, producing thick mud that clogged up rifles and immobilised tanks. Boff wrote that the Germans consciously sought tactical changes for an operational dilemma for want of an alternative. The main road to Ypres from Poperinge to Vlamertinge is in a defile, easily observed from the ridge. Casualties in the 33rd Division were so great that it was relieved on 27 September by the 23rd Division, which had only been withdrawn on the night of 24/25 September. The Battle of Menin Road Ridge, along with the Battle of Polygon Wood on 26 September and the Battle of Broodseinde on 4 October, established British possession of the ridge east of Ypres. [51] The main attack, by II Corps across the Ghelveult Plateau to the south, confronted the principal German defensive concentration of artillery, ground-holding divisions (Stellungsdivisionen) and Eingreif divisions. [59] The advance further north in the XVIII Corps area retook and held the north end of St Julien and the area south-east of Langemarck, while XIV Corps captured Langemarck and the Wilhelmstellung north of the Ypres–Staden railway, near the Kortebeek stream. Haig wrote that if the Allies could win the war in 1917, "the chief people to suffer would be the socialists". [26] Ypres is 66 ft (20 m) above sea level; Bixschoote 4 mi (6.4 km) to the north is at 28 ft (8.5 m). [92] The Germans made many hasty counter-attacks (Gegenstoße), beginning around 3:00 p.m. until early evening, all of which failed to gain ground or made only a temporary penetration of the new British positions. The British were forced out of Cameron Covert and counter-attacked but a German attack began at the same time and the British were repulsed. The Allied victory was achieved at enormous cost for … [138] A decade later, Jack Sheldon wrote that relative casualty figures were irrelevant, because the German army could not afford the losses or to lose the initiative by being compelled to fight another defensive battle on ground of the Allies' choosing. [64] On 27 August, II Corps tried a combined tank and infantry attack but the tanks bogged, the attack failed and Haig called a halt to operations until the weather improved. The Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, is one of the many battles fought in World War One that New Zealand soldiers fought in. Communication with the rear was lost and the Germans attacked all day but British SOS rockets remained visible and the attacks took no ground; after dark German attacks were repulsed by another three SOS barrages. They had failed. The Germans took back the lost ground when the line was shortened five months later, during the Battle of the Lys, losing it forever on 28 September 1918. The shorter and quicker advances possible once the ground dried, were intended to be consolidated on tactically advantageous ground, especially on any reverse slopes in the area, with the infantry still in contact with the artillery and aircraft, ready to repulse counter-attacks. [54] Kuhl doubted that the offensive had ended but had changed his mind by 13 September; two divisions, thirteen heavy artillery batteries, twelve field batteries, three fighter squadrons and four other units of the Luftstreitkräfte were transferred from the 4th Army. [116], The First Battle of Passchendaele on 12 October was another Allied attempt to gain ground around Passchendaele. [53] Lieutenant-Colonel Albrecht von Thaer, Chief of Staff of Gruppe Wijtschate (Group Wytschaete, the headquarters of the IX Reserve Corps), noted that casualties after 14 days in the line averaged 1,500–2,000 men, compared to 4,000 men on the Somme in 1916 and that German troop morale was higher than the year before. The Allies were commanded by British leaders. Group Dixmude held 12 mi (19 km) with four front divisions and two Eingreif divisions, Group Ypres held 6 mi (9.7 km) from Pilckem to Menin Road with three front divisions and two Eingreif divisions and Group Wijtschate held a similar length of front south of the Menin road, with three front divisions and three Eingreif divisions. Allied troops attacked the German Army in many operations. If manpower and artillery were insufficient, only the first part of the plan might be fulfilled. The Battle of Passchendaele was one of the biggest battles of the First World War. A French counter-attack on 17 July re-captured the ground, the Germans regained it on 1 August, then took ground on the east bank on 16 August. Taylor put British wounded and killed at 300,000 and German losses at 200,000, "a proportion slightly better than the Somme". Careful investigation of records of more than eighty years showed that in Flanders the weather broke early each August with the regularity of the Indian monsoon: once the Autumn rains set in difficulties would be greatly enhanced....Unfortunately, there now set in the wettest August for thirty years. [38] Loßberg rejected the proposed withdrawal to the Flandern line and ordered that the front line east of the Oosttaverne line be held rigidly. In the moonlight, the Germans had seen the British troops when they were still 200 yd (180 m) away. [48] Major-General John Davidson, Director of Operations at GHQ, wrote in a memorandum that there was "ambiguity as to what was meant by a step-by-step attack with limited objectives" and suggested reverting to a 1,750 yd (1,600 m) advance on the first day to increase the concentration of British artillery. In early 1916, the importance of the capture of the Gheluvelt plateau for an advance further north was emphasised by Haig and the army commanders. Haig had reservations and on 6 January Nivelle agreed to a proviso that if the first two parts of the operation failed to lead to a breakthrough, the operations would be stopped and the British could move their forces north for the Flanders offensive, which was of great importance to the British government. On July 31st, they officially launched the Third Battle of Ypres. [54] Gary Sheffield wrote in 2002 that Richard Holmes guessed that both sides suffered 260,000 casualties, which seemed about right to him. [108] The British attacked along a 14,000 yd (8.0 mi; 13 km) front and as the I Anzac Corps divisions began their advance towards Broodseinde Ridge, men were seen rising from shell-holes in no man's land and more German troops were found concealed in shell-craters. why so many soldiers survived the trenches, how Pack Up Your Troubles became the viral hit. For the soldiers who fought at Passchendaele, it was known as the ‘Battle of Mud’. The Battle of Passchendaele (or Third Ypres) was one of the most brutal battles of World War I. [7] Sir Douglas Haig succeeded Sir John French as Commander-in-Chief of the BEF on 19 December. [82] After another defeat on 26 September, the German commanders made more tactical changes to counter the more conservative form of limited attacks adopted by the British. 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Each brigade spent four days in the front line, four in support and four in reserve. [32] On 14 February 1917, Colonel Norman MacMullen of GHQ proposed that the plateau be taken by a massed tank attack, reducing the need for artillery; in April a reconnaissance by Captain Giffard LeQuesne Martel found that the area was unsuitable for tanks. The film was shot over a period of forty-five days and involved over 200 actors, some of them Canadian Forces soldiers with combat experience in Afghanistan. Replacement units became mixed up with ones holding the front and reserve regiments had failed to intervene quickly, leaving front battalions unsupported until Eingreif divisions arrived some hours later. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so. Return-fire from the 33rd Division and the 15th Australian Brigade of the 5th Australian Division along the southern edge of Polygon Wood to the north, forced the attackers under cover around some of the Wilhelmstellung pillboxes, near Black Watch Corner, at the south-western edge of Polygon Wood. [44] The attack removed the Germans from the dominating ground on the southern face of the Ypres salient, which the 4th Army had held since the First Battle of Ypres in 1914. [15], Nivelle planned preliminary offensives to pin German reserves by the British at Arras and the French between the Somme and the Oise, then a French breakthrough offensive on the Aisne, followed by pursuit and exploitation. [119] The Battle of Cambrai began on 20 November and the British breached the first two parts of the Hindenburg Line, in the first successful mass use of tanks in a combined arms operation. By 18 November, the First Battle of Ypres had also ended in failure, at a cost of 160,000 German casualties. Attempts by the German infantry to advance further were stopped by British artillery-fire with many casualties. The noise of the British assembly and the difficulty of moving across muddy and waterlogged ground had also alerted the Germans. There were actions from 14–15 February and 1–4 March at The Bluff, 27 March – 16 April at the St Eloi Craters and the Battle of Mont Sorrel from 2–13 June. [94], Two regiments of the German 50th Reserve Division attacked on a 1,800 yd (1,600 m) front, either side of the Reutelbeek, supported by aircraft and 44 field and 20 heavy batteries of artillery, four times the usual amount for a division. A century ago, roads in the area were unpaved, except for the main ones from Ypres, with occasional villages and houses dotted along them. Battle of the Bulge; Part of the Western Front of World War II: American soldiers of the 117th Infantry Regiment, Tennessee National Guard, part of the 30th Infantry Division, move past a destroyed American M5A1 "Stuart" tank on their march to recapture the town of St. Vith during the Battle … After mutinies had begun in the French armies, the British cabinet felt compelled to endorse the Flanders offensive, in the hope that more refusals to fight could be "averted by a great [military] success". It is famous for the massive number of soldiers involved, over one and a half million men, counting Germans, were involved in the three and a half months of fighting, and also for its mud. Counter-battery fire to suppress the British artillery was to be increased, to protect the Eingreif divisions as they advanced. [89], The British plan for the battle fought from 20–25 September, included more emphasis on the use of heavy and medium artillery to destroy German concrete pill-boxes and machine-gun nests, which were more numerous in the battle zones being attacked, than behind the original July front line and to engage in more counter-battery fire. Haig preferred an advance from Ypres, to bypass the flooded area around the Yser and the coast, before attempting a coastal attack to clear the coast to the Dutch border. [58] In the II Corps area, the disappointment of 10 August was repeated, with the infantry managing to advance, then being isolated by German artillery and forced back to their start line by German counter-attacks, except in the 25th Division area near Westhoek. [81] In August, German front-line divisions had two regiments deployed in the front line, with the third regiment in reserve. The German invasion of Belgium on 4 August 1914, in violation of Article VII of the treaty, was the reason given by the British government for declaring war. Next day, the German positions near the wood were swept away in the Battle of Polygon Wood. The coastal strip is sandy but a short way into the hinterland, the ground rises towards the Vale of Ypres, which before 1914 was a flourishing market garden. 38,000 Australians, 15,654 Canadians and 5,300 New Zealanders fell there, either killed, wounded or missing. They had been to Belgium's Ypres Salient before, and they knew the near impossible task that lay ahead. [158] On the evening of 3 March 1918, two companies of the 8th Division raided Teal Cottage, supported by a smoke and shrapnel barrage, killed many of the garrison and took six prisoners for one man wounded. Of the 100,000 New Zealand men that went to war, 12,000 died in the Western Front. After the dry spell in early September, British advances had been much quicker and the final objective was reached a few hours after dawn, which confounded the German counter-attack divisions. On 9 June, Crown Prince Rupprecht proposed a withdrawal to the Flandern line east of Messines. [125] The Germans lost 38,000 men killed or missing and 12,000 prisoners, along with 200 guns and 720 machine-guns, against 14,000 French casualties, fewer than a third of the German total. The infantry advance succeeded but German artillery-fire and infantry counter-attacks isolated the infantry of the 18th (Eastern) Division in Glencorse Wood. On 2 October, Rupprecht had ordered the 4th Army HQ to avoid over-centralising command, only to find that Loßberg had issued an artillery plan detailing the deployment of individual batteries. The Canadian Corps fought four divisions of the German 6th Army in the operation. The result of the Battle of Passchendaele was devastating. The lowland west of the ridge, was a mixture of meadow and fields, with high hedgerows dotted with trees, cut by streams and a network of drainage ditches emptying into canals. From Hooge and further east, the slope is 1:60 and near Hollebeke, it is 1:75; the heights are subtle and resemble a saucer lip around the city. [151], Leon Wolff, writing in 1958, gave German casualties as 270,713 and British casualties as 448,688. [145], Various casualty figures have been published for the Third Battle of Ypres, sometimes with acrimony; the highest estimates for British and German casualties appear to be discredited but the British claim to have taken 24,065 prisoners has not been disputed. In a series of operations, Entente troops under British command attacked the Imperial German Army. At about 7:00 p.m., German infantry attacked behind a smokescreen and recaptured all but the north-west corner of the wood; only the 25th Division gains on Westhoek Ridge to the north were held. The Battle of Vimy Ridge lasted for three days, April 9-10, 12, 1917. … After a modest British advance, German counter-attacks recovered most of the ground lost opposite Passchendaele, except for an area on the right of the Wallemolen spur. Read more. The term “Battle of Passchendaele” is confusingly used to refer to both a month-long campaign and two battles within it. [136] In 1939, G. C. Wynne wrote that the British had eventually reached Passchendaele Ridge and captured Flandern I Stellung but beyond them were Flandern II Stellung and Flandern III Stellung. Read more. [46] Gough held meetings with his corps commanders on 6 and 16 June, where the third objective, which included the Wilhelmstellung (third line), a second-day objective in earlier plans, was added to the two objectives due to be taken on the first day. The British considered the area drier than Loos, Givenchy and Plugstreet Wood further south. [49] Gough stressed the need to plan to exploit opportunities to take ground left temporarily undefended, more likely in the first attack, which would have the benefit of long preparation. The Battle of Passchendaele was one of the biggest battles of the First World War.It happened between July and November 1917. West of Messines Ridge is the parallel Wulverghem (Spanbroekmolen) Spur and on the east side, the Oosttaverne Spur, which is also parallel to the main ridge. [23], Ypres is overlooked by Kemmel Hill in the south-west and from the east by a line of low hills running south-west to north-east. The Treaty of London (1839) recognized Belgium as an independent and neutral state. Allied troops attacked the German Army in many operations. [140], At a British conference on 13 October, the Third Army (General Julian Byng) scheme for an attack in mid-November was discussed. Officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres, Passchendaele was a three-month battle which started on July 31 and ended on November 6 2017 … [8] A week after his appointment, Haig met Vice-Admiral Sir Reginald Bacon, who emphasised the importance of obtaining control of the Belgian coast, to end the threat posed by German U-boats. [114][d], The French First Army and British Second and Fifth armies attacked on 9 October, on a 13,500 yd (7.7 mi; 12.3 km) front, from south of Broodseinde to St Jansbeek, to advance half of the distance from Broodseinde ridge to Passchendaele, on the main front, which led to many casualties on both sides. [14] The plan for a year of attrition offensives on the Western Front, with the main effort to be made in the summer by the BEF, was scrapped by the new French Commander-in-Chief Robert Nivelle in favour of a return to a strategy of decisive battle. Yet the flatness of the plain made stealth impossible: as with the Somme, the Germans knew an attack was imminent and the initial bombardment served as final warning. The attack was delayed, partly due to mutinies in the French army after the failure of the Nivelle Offensive and because of a German attack at Verdun from 28 to 29 June, which captured some of the French jumping-off points. [34] A week after the Battle of Messines Ridge, Haig gave his objectives to his army commanders, the wearing out of the enemy, securing the Belgian coast and connecting with the Dutch frontier by capturing Passchendaele ridge, followed by an advance on Roulers and Operation Hush, an attack along the coast with a combined amphibious landing. [18] On 1 May 1917, Haig wrote that the Nivelle Offensive had weakened the German army but that an attempt at a decisive blow would be premature. [17] British determination to clear the Belgian coast took on more urgency, after the Germans resumed unrestricted submarine warfare on 1 February 1917. British military operations in Belgium began with the arrival of the … As the infantry advanced over the far edge of the ridge, German artillery and machine-guns east of the ridge opened fire and the British artillery was less able to suppress them. German counter-attacks pushed back the 35th Division in the centre but the French attack captured all its objectives. [168][169], The progression of the battle and the general disposition of troops, German trench destroyed by a mine explosion, German prisoners and British wounded cross the Yser Canal near Boesinghe, 31 July 1917. [132], The attack on the Polderhoek Spur on 3 December 1917, was a local operation by the British Fourth Army (renamed from the Second Army on 8 November). This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. [143] In fear that Italy might be put out of the war, the French and British governments offered reinforcements. [102] North of the covert near Polygon Wood, deep mud smothered German shells before they exploded but they still caused many casualties. Loßberg's judgement was accepted and no withdrawal was made. Battle of Passchendaele (July 31–November 6, 1917), World War I battle that embodied the senseless slaughter of the Western Front. Soldiers carrying equipment through the muddy terrain. [24], Possession of the higher ground to the south and east of Ypres, gives an army ample scope for ground observation, enfilade fire and converging artillery bombardments. [91], On 20 September, the Allies attacked on a 14,500 yd (8.2 mi; 13.3 km) front and by mid-morning, had captured most of their objectives, to a depth of about 1,500 yd (1,400 m). 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