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Battle of Ypres

Battle in World War I (1917); an Allied offensive which eventually failed because tanks bogged down in the waterlogged soil of Flanders; Germans introduced mustard gas which interfered with the Allied artillery.  Synonyms: third battle of Ypres, Ypres.
Battle in World War I (1915); Germans wanted to try chlorine (a toxic yellow gas) as a weapon and succeeded in taking considerable territory from the Allied salient.  Synonyms: second battle of Ypres, Ypres.
Battle in World War I (1914); heavy but indecisive fighting as the Allies and the Germans both tried to break through the lines of the others.  Synonyms: first battle of Ypres, Ypres.

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... that training camp. Men were needed sore in France. Recruits were going over every day. What the retreat from Mons and the Battle of the Marne had left of that first heroic expeditionary force the first battle of Ypres had come close to wiping out. In the Ypres salient our men out there were hanging on like grim death. There was no time to spare at Bedford, where men were being made ready as quickly as might be to take their turn ...
— A Minstrel In France • Harry Lauder

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