In Flanders Fields: The Battle of Passchendaele

‘Flanders Fields’ is a term used to describe the area in Belgium that saw three major battles during World War One and was the subject of a famous poem by Colonel John McCrae. The Allies suffered upward of approximately 70,000 casualties at the first and second battles for Ypres and at least another 200,000 at the Battle of Passchendaele.

The Battle of Passchendaele was fought between July and November 1917. David Lloyd George wrote later that Passchendaele was a ‘senseless campaign’ even though they did achieve their goal of controlling ridges south and east of Ypres and it being recorded that Germany had been brought ‘near to destruction’ by the battle.

Lee is a freelance writer with a keen interest in history and science.