WW1 Belgium

Fighting came to Ypres in October 1914 when German cavalry entered the old medieval city and for the next two months fighting raged here as the Allies blocked the German ‘Race to the Sea’. The so-called ‘Immortal Salient’ was born; a narrow curve in the line with Ypres at its centre where the war raged almost non-stop for much of the next four years. One in four of the British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in the war fell at Ypres and as early as 1919 it became a place of pilgrimage; and still is with the moving Last Post Ceremony every evening.

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