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The Battle of Passchendaele
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The Battle of Passchendaele was fought from July 31, 1917 until November 6, 1917. Because of it's location in Belgium, Passchendaele is often referred to as the the Third Battle of Ypres as the village of Passchendaele is located very close to Ypres. 
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The plan was to drive a hole in the German lines and advance to the Belgian Coast in order to capture the German submarine bases there. The Canadians planned to attack the village little by little, and eventually secure a defensible position at Passchendaele Ridge This Ridge was a thin wedge between the German positions, leaving the Germans exposed to enemy fire from all directions. This would have opened a crucial area of the front and taken pressure off of the French Forces. British, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian forces were all united together in an attempt to defeat the German army. In total, 20,000 members of the Canadian Corps served in this battle along with the many other soldiers.

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