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Battle of the Lys
Part of the Western Front of World War I
Map of German Lys offensive 1918

Map of German Lys offensive, 1918
Date 7 – 29 April 1918
Flanders, northeast France
50°42′20″N 2°54′00″E / 50.70556°N 2.90000°E / 50.70556; 2.90000Coordinates: 50°42′20″N 2°54′00″E / 50.70556°N 2.90000°E / 50.70556; 2.90000
Result Allied Powers victory
 German Empire
Commanders and leaders
  • German Empire Ludwig von Falkenhausen
  • German Empire Ferdinand von Quast
  • German Empire Friedrich S. von Armin
  • 26 divisions
  • 9 more divisions later
Casualties and losses
  • 118,300–119,040
  • 118 guns
  • 60 aircraft
  • 86,000–109,300
  • 8 aircraft

The Battle of the Lys, also known as the Fourth Battle of Ypres, was fought from 7 April to 29 April 1918 and was part of the German Spring Offensive in Flanders during World War I. It was originally planned by General Erich Ludendorff as Operation George but was reduced to Operation Georgette, with the objective of capturing Ypres, forcing the British forces back to the Channel ports and out of the war. In planning, execution and effects, Georgette was similar to (although smaller than) Operation Michael, earlier in the Spring Offensive.

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