Passchendaele and Tyne Cot Cemetery

The elusive village of Passchendaele fell into Canadian hands -- specifically the hands of the 27th (City of Winnipeg) Battalion of the Second Division on November 6, 1918. Long after the strategic objectives of the campaign were abandoned, the Canadian Corps was called on to seize a final commanding rise that had been heavily fortified by the Germans. Renewing the attack on October 26th General Currie's troops advanced fitfully, finally capturing the village atop the hill. Afterwards, they spent several days straightening out the frontline, concluding on 10 November, considered to be the final day of the Third Battle of Ypres.

Today, at the westerly base of Passchendaele Ridge lies Tyne Cot Cemetery. The largest of all Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries, it is the final resting place for many of the sons of Canada who died trying to capture the village. Also honored are those who were lost, but whose bodies were never found.

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Photos from Harry Palmer

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