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1st battle of Ypres spoorlijn64

The first German reconnaissance patrols visited our region late August 1914. From October 1914 this ended in massive invasion. The First Batlle of Ypres followed after the Batlle of Langemark:
  The fighting at Langemark (October 21 until October 24): The infanticide of Ypres, trained British soldiers beat a German army of students who had registered 'in defense of German culture'.

The fighting at Geluveld (October 29 until October 31): The fighting was all around, only the village remained in British hands.

The fighting at Mesen / Wijtschate (October 31- November 1): The objective was the conquest of the ridge between Mesen and Wijtschate. The offensive was a success and the Germans remained master of the hill until June 1917.

The fighting at the Nonnebos, Geluveld (November 11 to November 12): 8000 soldiers of a British army could reduce 20,000 Germans to the Nonnebos. The Germans think they stand against a huge force and decide to stop the offensive. This was an opportunity to take in Ypres.

British and French can prevent the Germans make the crossing to Ypres, on November 22, 1914 the German High Command decided to stop the offensive. But not without first, out of frustration, shoot Ypres to shreds. The historic town turns into a ruin. The First Battle of Ypres was fought. The first major clash between the armies brought up to 250,000 people dead and the war had only just begun ... Hill 60, a wooded hill near Ypres, on December 10, 1914 is still in hands of the Germans. From there they can monitor the troops of the French and the British, which in the next couple of years will prove to be a great advantage

The ruins after the first battle of Ypres.