Battle Story: Ypres 1914-15 by Will Fowler

By Will Fowler

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

 

Through narrative, eyewitness money owed, and pictures, this e-book explores the 1st and moment battles of Ypres. A medieval city identified for its textiles, Ypres turned notorious in the course of the nice battle with trench struggle, poison fuel, and lots of millions of casualties. because the German military complicated via Belgium, it did not 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 an enormous artillery barrage, killing many civilians. In 1917, the 3rd conflict of Ypres began making it a really harmful position to reside. In 1918, a German significant offensive used to be introduced, however the British held enterprise. Ypres used to be eventually secure in overdue September 1918 while German troops withdrew from the Salient. at the present time, the battlefields of Ypres comprise the resting position of millions of German and British soldiers.

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The memorial is cut into the ramparts at the eastern exit of the town, where a fortified gate once stood, and marks the starting point for one of the main roads out of the town that led Allied soldiers to the frontline. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and built by the British government, the Menin Gate Memorial was unveiled on 24 July 1927. 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.

Lieutenant Colonel John ‘Jimmy’ McCrae MD of Guelph, Ontario was working at a dressing station close to a canal north of Ypres. During heavy fighting in the Second Battle of Ypres his commanding officer recalled that: Headquarters were in a trench on the top of the bank of the Ypres Canal, and John had his dressing station in a hole dug in the foot of the bank. During periods in the battle men who were shot actually rolled down the bank into his dressing station. Along from us a few hundred yards was the headquarters of a regiment, and many times during the battle John and I watched them burying their dead whenever there was a lull.

The Territorials, as part-time volunteers, were often viewed with some suspicion by the Regular Army, as many of them had not seen active service. The Territorial Force’s primary role was home defence and its members could only be sent overseas if they volunteered and only a small number of units had done so before the outbreak of war, but this soon changed. During the early weeks of the war, the BEF was to suffer heavy casualties and so individual TF units began to be sent to France in September 1914 (at the same time three TF divisions were sent to replace Regular units overseas).

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