Bellewaarde (Wikipedia)
Second Battle of Ypres
Part of the Western Front of World War I
Date 22 April – 25 May 1915
Location 50°53′28″N 2°58′44″E / 50.891°N 2.979°E / 50.891; 2.979Coordinates: 50°53′28″N 2°58′44″E / 50.891°N 2.979°E / 50.891; 2.979
Ypres, Belgium
Result See "Aftermath" section

France France

 British Empire

 German Empire
Commanders and leaders
United Kingdom Horace Smith-Dorrien (replaced by)
United Kingdom Herbert Plumer (6 May 1915~)
Canada Arthur Currie
France Henri Gabriel Putz
Belgium Théophile Figeys
Belgium Armand De Ceuninck
German Empire Albrecht of Württemberg
2 French and 6 British divisions 7 divisions
Casualties and losses
87,223 killed, wounded or missing. 35,000 killed, wounded or missing.

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 battle).

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