Travelog

FROM The man in the front seat / September 21, 2015

Ypres

Population 35,000 Ypres, this once a market town, is today known for the incredible events of WW1. Lying on a salient the area was fought over for 4 solid years between 1914 – 1918 by the Germans and the Allied forces. As a result the city is the scene of the moving Last Post ceremony which is performed each evening to remember those who gave their lives in the name of Freedom. History Ypres was originally founded as a market town in the Middle Ages. It prospered greatly, particularly in […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / June 24, 2013

The Battle of Messines

The Battle of Messines begun on June 7, 1917 and last a week until June 14. The offensive was an assault to capture the German defensives on a ridge running south of Ypres and also to draw German soldiers to Flanders from the Arras and Aisne Fronts and thus relieve pressure on the French soldiers who were struggling at the time. The battle begun at 3.10am with detonation of 19 mines which was followed by a creeping barrage, artillery fire that slowing creeps forward, for some 640m (700ft) which allowed […]

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