By Will Fowler

The information in the back of Ypres—synonymous with the destruction, trench war, poison fuel, and armed forces stalemate of WW1


Through narrative, eyewitness bills, and pictures, this booklet explores the 1st and moment battles of Ypres. A medieval city recognized for its textiles, Ypres grew to become notorious throughout the nice battle with trench struggle, poison gasoline, and lots of hundreds of thousands of casualties. because the German military complex via Belgium, it didn't take the Ypres Salient. On October 13, 1914, German troops entered Ypres. On looting the city, they retreated because the British Expeditionary strength advanced. On November 22, 1914, the Germans began a major artillery barrage, killing many civilians. In 1917, the 3rd conflict of Ypres began making it a really harmful position to dwell. In 1918, a German significant offensive used to be introduced, however the British held enterprise. Ypres was once eventually secure in overdue September 1918 while German troops withdrew from the Salient. this present day, the battlefields of Ypres comprise the resting position of hundreds of thousands of German and British soldiers.

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B. Morrison That cemetery would later be known as Essex Farm. McCrae was not only a dedicated surgeon – and a veteran of the war in South Africa – he was a poet. It was after a particularly grim day that looking out over the crosses marking the graves of the men who had died at the dressing station he wrote the powerful poem In Flanders Fields, immortalising the image of fields ‘where the poppies blow’ marking the burial sites of thousands of young British, German, French and Belgian men who died throughout the Western Front.

1. The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing. During the First World War this was the shell-shattered gap in the ramparts at Ypres through which many of the men who defended the Salient marched out to the trenches. Its large Hall of Memory contains the names, cut into vast panels, of 54,896 British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in action. In order that the names at the top panels could be read from the ground an arbitrary cut-off point of 15 August 1917 was chosen and the names of 34,984 missing after this date were inscribed on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing.

7. This card showing ‘A street in Flanders’ was produced to raise funds for the British Committee of the French Red Cross to provide clothes, furniture, seeds, implements and children’s food for French refugees displaced by the war. The 1911–13 cohorts (those born in the years between 1891–93) were already serving when war broke out. The French called up the 1896–1910 cohorts in August 1914 and the 1914 cohort in September 1914. By the end of 1914 they had called up the 1892–95 (born between 1872 and 1875) as well as the 1915 cohort.

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