Definitions for "Passchendaele"
Village NE of the Belgian town of Ypres, whose name is often used to denote the 3rd Battle of Ypres (July-November 1917). Canadian troops seized the village on 6 November, by which time some 250,000 Allied and probably an even higher number of German troops had been killed.
The Third Battle of Ypres, commonly known as ' Passchendaele' commenced from 31st July 1917 until the fall of Passchendaele village on 6th November 1917. To this day the tactics employed are as controversial as those executed at the Battle of the Somme a little over a year earlier, and was the final great battle of attrition of the war. The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) incurred some 310,000 casualties, with a similar, lower, number of German casualties: 260,000. more...