In 1914 a small town in northern Belgium was defended by the BEF creating the legend of the ‘Old Contemptibles’. For a further four years, the armies of the Empire with those of Belgium and France, took part in several hard fought battles, defensive and offensive, though none moved the trench lines very far in any direction until late 1918. At other times the attrition of occupying the trenches took a toll reflected in the thousands of war burials made in the Ypres Salient. This is a full guide to the nearly 200 CWGC, French, Belgian and German military cemeteries in the Ypres Salient as well as military burials within local civil cemeteries. It has photos of each cemetery that contains more than ten men and some of the other burial grounds. It tells the stories of those who won the Victoria Cross, well known sportsmen, poets and artists as well as many of the ‘ordinary’ men. A brief outline of the Battles, Orders of Battle and other information is included. This is an invaluable addition to the collection of anyone interested in the Ypres Salient.
Ypres Salient. A Guide to the Cemeteries and Memorials of the Ypres Salient 1914-18
An exciting new version of an earlier work, this introduction to the battlefields of the Ypres Salient is through the cemeteries and those buried within. The story of the cemetery, local memorials and lives and war experiences of some of those buried in each cemetery is told.