Title: The battle of Passchendaele
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Although it had very little strategic value, General Douglas Haig of the Royal British Army was determined to retake the ridge from the German defenses. Despite over 16 000 Canadian deaths, and a total of nearly 300 000 deaths over all, the ridge was retaken by the Allies.
By the time the Canadians entered the battle on the Passchendaele Ridge, British and Australian troops had fought there for more than three months...
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Their efforts had been unsuccessful: 100,000 casualties for very little ground won. The main geographical features included thousands of shell holes almost touching each other at all times. With the most summer and autumn rains in over 30 years, the shell holes filled up, and the soft dirt turned to horribly thick and sticky mud and turned the entire battle field into a mud laden quagmire...
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