Category Archives: Ypres (Ieper)

Another Trench at Ypres

Another newly acquired postcard, and again an image I haven’t seen anywhere else, this view of a captured French trench near Ypres was taken the day after the Germans’ first ever use of gas on 22nd April 1915, at the … Continue reading

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The First Trench at Ypres

Here’s an interesting postcard that came into my possession only this week.  I often talk about how trenches in Flanders had to be built above ground due to the high water table, using whatever came to hand, and this photograph … Continue reading

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Ypres (Ieper) – The Cloth Hall: In Flanders’ Fields Museum

Late afternoon in a wintry Ieper, and, as we have a little time to spare, let’s pay a quick visit to the In Flanders’ Fields Museum, which you can find in the Cloth Hall (on the left above, of course), … Continue reading

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An Aussie in Flanders

A strip of camouflaged canvas from a downed German plane.

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The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing

“They sleep around us in hallowed ground”. Welcome, my friends, to the internet’s biggest, if nothing else, photographic look around the Menin Gate.  Ever.

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Hellfire Corner Demarcation Stone

Nineteen of these Demarcation Stones still exist across Belgium, originally erected in the 1920s to either mark the extent of the last German offensive that finally petered out in July 1918, or the point of departure from which the Allies … Continue reading

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And Still Men Die

Spare a thought, good people, for the two workers killed earlier today when a shell exploded on a construction site near Ieper (Ypres), and of their injured colleagues, one of whom is now in hospital fighting for his life. The … Continue reading

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