Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for passchendaele the battle that nearly lost the allies the war at amazoncom read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Battle of passchendaele third battle of ypres was a campaign of the first world war fought by the allies against the german empire the battle took place on the western front 21 mines had been filled with nearly 1000000 lb 454 t of explosives. Through an examination of the culpability of governments and military commanders in a catastrophe that destroyed the best part of a generation paul ham argues that passchendaele far from being a breakthrough moment was the battle that nearly lost the allies the war. Battle of passchendaele also called third battle of ypres july 31 november 6 1917 world war i battle that served as a vivid symbol of the mud madness and senseless slaughter of the western front. Few battles would encapsulate the utter futility of the war better that what became known as the battle of passchendaele by the time the british and canadian forces finally captured passchendaele village on 6 november the allies had suffered over 271000 casualties and the german army over 217000
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