The Battle of Passchendaele Essay by Gerard

The Battle of Passchendaele
An examination of the events leading up to, during and the aftermath of the Battle of Passchendaele, during World War I.
# 25632 | 1,902 words | 5 sources | APA | 2002 | AU
Published on Apr 08, 2003 in History (European - World Wars)

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This paper examines the Battle of Passchendaele, the third major battle during World War I, for the capture and control of Ypres and its surrounding area between July and November 1917. In particular it discusses why the battle should have been called off after it became apparent that the breaking through the German Lines was impossible during World War I. It looks at how the offensive cost the British Expeditionary Force about 310,000 casualties and how Sir Douglas Haig was severely criticized for continuing with the attacks long after the operation had lost any real strategic value.

From the Paper:

"Germany's Fourth Army held off the core British advance restricting British gains to small ones the left of the line. Attacks by the allies on the German front-line were sustained in spite of very heavy rain that turned the Ypres flatlands into a swamp. The situation was made worse by the fact that the British heavy bombardment had destroyed the drainage system in the area. The heavy mud created very bad problems for the infantry and the use of tanks became impossible. Ultimately Sir Douglas Haig called off the attacks and did not resume the offensive until late September."

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