Battle Story: Ypres 1914-15 by Will Fowler

By Will Fowler

The info at the back of Ypres—synonymous with the destruction, trench struggle, poison fuel, and army stalemate of WW1


Through narrative, eyewitness debts, and pictures, this ebook explores the 1st and moment battles of Ypres. A medieval city identified for its textiles, Ypres turned notorious through the nice struggle with trench battle, poison fuel, and lots of hundreds of thousands of casualties. because the German military complicated 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 started a tremendous artillery barrage, killing many civilians. In 1917, the 3rd conflict of Ypres began making it an incredibly harmful position to dwell. In 1918, a German significant offensive was once introduced, however the British held company. Ypres used to be ultimately secure in past due September 1918 whilst German troops withdrew from the Salient. at the present time, the battlefields of Ypres include the resting position of hundreds of thousands of German and British soldiers.

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Some of these aristocratic officers were highly competent and well trained, although others were guilty of expending the lives of their soldiers in hopeless attacks and counterattacks. For the average soldier in his teens and early twenties – younger than the men they faced in the First Battle of Ypres – it was a case of ‘follow my leader’ and once low-level officer and NCO leadership had been removed, as in the fighting at Gheluvelt in 1914, morale and cohesion could collapse. In 1914 the Germans shared the same optimism as the Allies and were confident that their superior training and equipment would ensure that this would be a short war.

Among those retreating was the poet Rupert Brooke, who was later to die of blood poisoning on a French hospital ship, moored off the island of Skyros, while on the way to the Dardanelles. The QOOH – nicknamed in the British Army ‘Queer Objects on Horseback’, had been used to augment the Antwerp Expedition with the blessing of Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War. The regiment had had a historical link with the Churchill family since 1892. Winston Churchill had become a member in 1902 and his younger brother, Jack, was serving with them in 1914 when they became the first Territorial Force unit to see action.

The force was initially made up of six formed infantry divisions and a cavalry division, which would be created from existing brigades on mobilisation. To bring these formations up to war strength 60 per cent of their manpower were reservists. After the outbreak of war, units serving abroad were brought home to form additional Regular divisions. 9. In 1914 there was optimism and enthusiasm for war when men left for France. By the latter years, when the rush of volunteers had dried up and conscription had been introduced there was grim acceptance that the departure for the Western Front might be a one way trip.

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