First World War


4 October 1917

Geographical parameters

The Comines-Ypres Canal as far as Voormezeele; thence road to Vlamertinghe Château – Elverdinghe Château – Woesten – Bixschoote


A battle honour formally entitled “Battle of Broodseinde” and itself forming part of “The Battles of Ypres, 1917”.Footnote 1


The honour “Broodseinde” was awarded for actions that exploited the successes of the assault on Polygon Wood. The attack on Broodseinde was planned to capture the high ground on which the village was located. This attack met with strong opposition from German forces intent on keeping the high ground. The successful attack on and subsequent defence of Broodseinde completed the capture of the ridge south of Passchendaele, but at a high cost in casualties. Canadian involvement in the attack was limited to a supporting role by the '2nd Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops, CEF', a unit that had been originally raised as the 127th Battalion, CEF and converted to a role as Railway troops in 1916.

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