July 31-November 6, 1917 – British forces launch a massive assault on German positions in the Ypres Salient.
The attack begins smoothly, but by October autumn rains have turned the battlefield into a quagmire. By the time the village of Passchendaele is captured in November, more than 650,000 men have been killed or wounded on both sides. The effort leaves British forces exhausted and vulnerable to a German counter-attack.
Visit the Ypres Salient on our Anzac Day on the Western Front tour (2017) (2018), Western Front Explorer tour, Western Front Flexi Tour or Western Front Walking Tour. We also have a range of Centenary Tours commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War.