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During World War I, the Second Battle of Ypres was fought from 22 April – 25 May 1915 for control of the strategic Flemish town of Ypres in western Belgium after the First Battle of Ypres the previous autumn. It was the first mass use by Germany of poison gas on the Western Front. For the first time, a former colonial force (the 1st Canadian Division) defeated a European power (the German Empire) on European soil (in the battles of St. Julien and Kitcheners' Wood, engagements during the…

The Germans had the biggest artillery cannons and the fastest-firing machine guns in the world. They also had a chilling new weapon — deadly poison gas

WW1 trenches at Hill 62 and Sanctuary Wood Battle of Ypres taking place in Belgium

trenches at Hill 62 and Sanctuary Wood Battle of Ypres, Belgium. An amazing sight to see such well preserved trenches.

After the battle for the village of Gheluvelt,during the German offensive in Flanders which came to be known as the First Battle of Ypres, 1914.

After the battle for the village of Gheluvelt,during the German offensive in Flanders which came to be known as the First Battle of Ypres, 1914.

At 7:28am on July 1st, 1916 the Battle of the Somme started with explosion of 17 massive 'mines' underneath enemy territory. Lochnagar was the largest of these. It remains "The largest crater ever made by man in anger". Repined by HistorySimulation.com

At on July 1916 the Battle of the Somme started with explosion of 17 massive 'mines' underneath enemy territory. Lochnagar was the largest of these. It remains "The largest crater ever made by man in anger".

Last survivor re-lives the horrors of Passchendaele

War-weary British soldiers at Passchendaele, [of the British Empire soldiers who lost their lives during that bloody battle around were British & thousands of the SADF].

Jul 31-17 Kate wore a Catherine Walker’s Melrose coatdress of dusty pink Venetian wool, decorated at the hem and cuff with hand appliqued taupe lace. She accessorized with a new Jane Taylor hat, a Pearl and Diamond Leaf Brooch on loan from the Queen, Princess Diana’s Collingwood Pearl and Diamond Earrings, a new pair of Gianvito Rossi pumps in praline, and her pink Prada satin logo clutch.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles attended a ceremony marking 100 years since the First World War's Battle of Passchendaele in Ypres, Belgium.

The Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) 31 July-10 November 1917 A knocked out British tank half submerged in mud and water near St Julien, 12 October 1917.| First World War Poetry Digital Archive

The Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) 31 November 1917 A knocked out British tank half submerged in mud and water near St Julien, 12 October First World War Poetry Digital Archive

Our Family's Pagan Memorial Day | musings of a kitchen witch

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"In Flanders Fields" is a war poem written during the First World War by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May after his friend and fellow soldier Alexis Helmer died in the Second Battle of Ypres.

The Duchess of Cambridge arrived wearing a white Alexander McQueen coat-dress

William and Kate mark Battle of Passchendaele

Anniversary of Battle of Passchendaele, Ypes, Belgium, July 2017 - The Duchess of Cambridge arrived wearing a white Alexander McQueen coat-dress

"L | Attends a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele in Ypres, Belgium" by louiseblackwell ❤ liked on Polyvore featuring Radcliffe, Hobbs, Beulah, Tara and Manolo Blahnik

"L | Attends a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele in Ypres, Belgium" by louiseblackwell ❤ liked on Polyvore featuring Radcliffe, Hobbs, Beulah, Tara and Manolo Blahnik

World War I map of Europe with some of the major battles.  This map shows where some of the major battles during World War 1 occurred and the dates including the Battle of Ypres with the first use of poison gas and the Battle of Somme which is most notable for the highest loss of life in one day.

The picture displayed is of a map of Europe during World War I. The map illustrates three of the major battles in World War I, Battle of Ypres, Battle of Verdun, and the Battle of Somme.

WWI. ‘Sammy’, the mascot of the Northumberland Fusiliers, was gassed during the Second Battle of Ypres which began on 22 April 1915.

‘Sammy’, mascot of the Northumberland Fusiliers, gassed during the Second Battle of Ypres, April 1915

WW1: The Third Battle of Ypres – The Leading British Offensive Of 1917

WW1: The Third Battle of Ypres – The Leading British Offensive Of 1917

The Battle of Pilckem Ridge, nr. Boesinghe, North of Ypres. British soldier giving a "light" to a badly wounded German lying in a ditch. Pilckem, 31st July 1917.

The Battle of Pilckem Ridge, nr. Boesinghe, North of Ypres. British soldier giving a "light" to a badly wounded German lying in a ditch.