World War 1

Learn about the Battles of Ypres!

By, Ashley & Gracie

The Battles of Ypres

During World War 1, a series of battles occurred. Five of which were the battles of Ypres. The first battle started October 19th and ended November 22, 1914. In the Second battle of Ypres (April 22 – May 15, 1915), the Germans found a new weapon of choice. They used poison gas against their enemy. Both the first and second battle took place in Western Belgium. The Third Battle of Ypres, also known as the Battle of Passchendaele, was the longest battle of the five. It lasted from July 31st to November 6, 1917. This battle was held in the Western Front. The Fourth Battle of Ypres, which was located in Flanders, lasted from the 7th to the 29th of April in 1918. The Fifth battle started on the 28th of September and ended on the 11th of November, 1918. This war also took place in Flanders.

The Leaders of the Allies

The Leaders of Germany

Winner of the Battle

After 34 days of fighting, the Germans and their allies outnumbered the French and Belgian. This created trench warfare on The Western Front. The First Battle of Ypres was now over. Not even five months later, the second battle began.

Map of The First Battle of Ypres

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Technology used in battle

Anecdote

Life behind the front line was calmer for periods, but sometimes "strenuous to an extreme". The first battle of Ypres was under way and as transport officer he had 70 horses to look after. Stationed two miles behind the front line his job was to take the horse-drawn ambulances out at 9pm before leaving them not far from the trenches. Stretcher bearers would then trudge back and forth through the muddy fields to the regimental aid posts and bring the wounded back from there. "It was very cold-blooded work as bullets were whistling round the whole time… The bearers had an awful time getting the lying cases back across the sodden country, the worst part being the negotiation of ditches full of water." On one occasion a bullet landed between his legs and he wished it had struck his foot so he could have taken some desperately needed leave.

Number of Allied Troops

4,400,000

Number of German Troops

5,400,000

Number of Allied Casualties

58,155

Number of German Casualties

46,765

Tour Information

Visit and Tour

  • Menin Gate Memorial
  • Several Monuments and Memorial on the Ypres Salient battlefields
  • Messines Ridge Memorial
  • Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing

Hotels to Stay At


  • Best Western Flanders Lodge
  • B&B Demi Lune
  • B&B Het Houten Paard

Restaurants



  • Capella
  • De Ruyffelaer
  • Ariane

Other Attractions Nearby



  • Ypres War Memorial
  • Flanders Fields Museum
  • Ypres Cloth Hall
  • Bellewaerde


Directions from hotel to Ypres War Memorial:

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/BEST+WESTERN+FLANDERS+LODGE

Menin Gate Memorial

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