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During World War I, the Second Battle of Ypres was fought from 22 April – 25 May 1915 for control of the strategic Flemish town of Ypres in western Belgium after the First Battle of Ypres the previous autumn. It was the first mass use by Germany of poison gas on the Western Front. For the first time, a former colonial force (the 1st Canadian Division) defeated a European power (the German Empire) on European soil (in the battles of St. Julien and Kitcheners' Wood, engagements during the…

Gas, mud and horror: How German and Allied forces fought during the First World War

A Desperate Defense: First Battle of Ypres

A Desperate Defense: First Battle of Ypres

A Desperate Defense: First Battle of Ypres: Field Marshal Sir John French

The First Battle of Ypres (October 30 - November 24, 1914) started the "Race to Sea", where opposing sides tried to outflank each other. The Allied troops were outnumbered and surrounded by the the Germans. They managed to occupy the "Ypres salient", but civilians casualties were common, as the city was shelled daily. When winter came, conditions became too muddy and rainy for any battle to continue and the battle was ended. The picture above shows wounded soldiers at the first Battle of…

An image of the Battle of Menin Road by Frank Hurley in World War One. Australian soldiers and officers retiring from the front. Seconds after this picture was taken a shell exploded killing the wounded soldiers on the stretchers in the foreground.

Map - First Battle of Ypres 1914

First Battle of Ypres - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Adolf Hitler, a runner on the Western Front in France and Belgium in the Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment 16. He experienced major combat, including the First Battle of Ypres, the Battle of the Somme, the Battle of Arras, and the Battle of Passchendaele.

Adolf Hitler during WWI. A runner on the Western Front in France and Belgium in the Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment

The Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) 31 July-10 November 1917 A knocked out British tank half submerged in mud and water near St Julien, 12 October 1917.| First World War Poetry Digital Archive

The Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) 31 November 1917 A knocked out British tank half submerged in mud and water near St Julien, 12 October

The Royal Canadian Mint have issued a new coin which remembers one of the most decisive battles which took place early on in the Great War, later referred to as the First World War after 1939. The second Battle of Ypres was fought from the 22nd April to the 25th May 1915 for control of the strategic Flemish town of Ypres in western Belgium, following the First Battle of Ypres the previous autumn. The 1st Canadian Division defeated the forces of a European power, the German Empire on…

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Map outlining troop movements during the Third Battle of Ypres fought in the First World War

Map outlining troop movements during the Third Battle of Ypres fought in the First World War

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attends Ypres commemorations

Queen Mathilde and King Philippe attends a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Battle of the Ypres and the First Battle of Ypres during the First World War in Ypres, Belgium.

9 September 1917 It is announced today that HM the King has confirmed details of the award of a medal. It is to be called the 1914 Star and awarded to officers and men who served in France from 5 August 1914 and midnight on 22/23 November 1914. The former date was the day after the declaration of war, and the latter the day of the ending of the First Battle of Ypres. Details of persons eligible for the Star will follow in a series of Army Orders and Admiralty Orders later this year and next…

9 September 1917 It is announced today that HM the King has confirmed details of the award of a medal. It is to be called the 1914 Star and awarded to officers and men who served in France from 5 August 1914 and midnight on 22/23 November 1914. The former date was the day after the declaration of war, and the latter the day of the ending of the First Battle of Ypres. Details of persons eligible for the Star will follow in a series of Army Orders and Admiralty Orders later this year and next…

Lieut. John Henry Gordon Lee-Steere. 3rd Bn Grenadier Guards. KIA at First Battle of Ypres 17.11.1914 aged 19. Buried Zillebeke Churchyard. Grave Ref: F. 1. Husband of Mrs. Lee Steere, of Jayes Park, Ockley, Surrey. Lieut. Lee-Steere has a private memorial gravestone and not a regulation CWGC

Lieut. John Henry Gordon Lee-Steere. 3rd Bn Grenadier Guards. KIA at First Battle of Ypres 17.11.1914 aged 19. Buried Zillebeke Churchyard. Grave Ref: F. 1. Husband of Mrs. Lee Steere, of Jayes Park, Ockley, Surrey. Lieut. Lee-Steere has a private memorial gravestone and not a regulation CWGC

THE FIRST BATTLE OF YPRES, OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 1914 (Q 57216)

THE FIRST BATTLE OF YPRES, OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 1914 (Q 57216)

The First Battle of Ypres, 1914 – A Harbinger Of Things To Come

The First Battle of Ypres, 1914 – A Harbinger Of Things To Come