Tourism - In Flanders Fields: the Ypres Salient (World War I)

In Flanders Fields: the Ypres Salient

So much blood and tears for a few miles only

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

"The Ypres Salient is the area around Ypres in Belgium which was the scene of some of the biggest battles in World War I.

In military terms, a salient is a battlefield feature that projects into enemy territory. Therefore, the salient is surrounded by the enemy on three sides, making the troops occupying the salient vulnerable. The enemy's line facing a salient is referred to as a re-entrant (an angle pointing inwards). A deep salient is vulnerable to being "pinched out" across the base, forming a "pocket", in which the defenders of the salient become trapped, isolated and easier to overcome. This gives attackers an overwhelming advantage: defenders can be attacked from all sides with artillery and/or machinegun fire. However, since the defenders are completely surrounded, they cannot easily be re-supplied (with food, ammunition and medical supplies etc) or escape. The "pocket" progressively reduces in size as the defenders are worn down and the attackers advance. The decreasing size of the pocket allows even more concentrated gunfire to be aimed at the defenders. Eventually, the defenders are overwhelmed by this onslaught and the pocket collapses.

The Ypres salient was formed by British, French, Canadian and Belgian defensive efforts against German incursion during the 1914 "Race to the Sea", culminating in the Battle of the Yser and the First Battle of Ypres.

These battles saved the Ypres salient and the corner of Belgium around Veurne from occupation, but also led to the beginning of trench warfare in the salient as both sides "dug in" around the line. The area of the salient is mostly flat, with few rises or hills. Those that did exist became the focus for the 1915 Second Battle of Ypres, which saw the first use of gas and the almost total destruction and evacuation of Ypres, and the 1917 Third Battle of Ypres at Passchendaele.

After the third battle, the Ypres salient was left relatively quiet until the Spring Offensive threatened to overwhelm the entire area. This offensive was stopped at the point the Allies were closest to being forced to abandon the salient. By August 1918, the Fourth Battle of Ypres (part of the Hundred Days Offensive) pushed the German forces out of the salient entirely and they did not return."

The British suffered enormous losses and there are over 250,000 fallen lying in some 600 cemeteries in this region. Soldiers often referred to ‘being in France’, although they were in fact in Belgium, at a place that was dubbed ‘Wipers’ by the servicemen.
The old medieval city, despite almost complete devastation during the four war years, was rebuilt.

We suggest you following program/schedule:

Leaving Dinant at 11:15 for Ypres (Ieper), via Namur and Brussels
13:00                  leave Brussels for Ypres (Ieper)
14:45 - 16:00     we visit the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres
16:00 - 18:00     we set off for a two hours guided battlefield tour of the Ypres Salient
18:00 - 19:30     free time (dinner, ...)
19:45 - 20:15     we attend the Last Post ceremony under the Menin Gate Memorial
                            this daily tribute, in memory of the so many fallen soldiers of the British Empire, has been played by local buglers every evening since 1928

for your info: wreath laying is only on special occasions
20:30                  leave Ypres (Ieper) for Brussels
Arrival Brussels around 22:30.

This "standard" program can be tailor-made (and therefore always "unique"). We will always do our best to adapt the tour and comments to your specific group.
Customized private guided tours by van (for up to 6-7 people) or small coach (for up to 15 people).
Foresee walking shoes and clothing adapted to the weather conditions.

If you are looking for a guide only, check out !

Another private guided day tour we offer:

08:30 leave Dinant for Ypres
11:40 lunch in Ypres (3 courses meal)
13:40 leave for our guided WWI Ypres Battlefield Tour, for about 4 hours, with (some of the) following highlights that we will visit:
- Essex Farm Cemetery / Advanced Dressing Station, John McCrae site
- Yorkshire Trench & Dug Out
- Soldatenfriedhof / Langemark

- "The Brooding Soldier" (St. Julien Canadian Memorial) at Vancouver Corner
drive through Zonnebeke
- Tyne Cot Cemetery / Passendale (Passchendaele)

drive via Passendale and Moorslede
- Hill 62
And/or, depending on the time left, also:
- Hill 60 & Caterpillar crater/ Zillebeke
- Spanbroekmolen, Lone Tree Cemetery & Crater (Pool of Peace) / Wijtschate

17:45 Ypres (Market Place) / free time on your own, allowing you to visit the Menin Gate
18:45 leave for Dinant
Arrive Dinant around 21:00

If you are looking for a guide only, check out !

All our tours are private tours: only you / your group will be on board.

Contact us for more details!

Scenic Tours sprl

Chaussée Romaine, 10
B-5500 Dinant

phone/fax: +32-(0)82-21 96 37
GSM: +32-(0)475-24 26 50

Skype: scenic-tours
skype Scenic Tours

Creation date : 29/07/2004 @ 18:18
Last update : 30/07/2017 @ 21:36
Category : Tourism

Preview Preview     Print the article Print the article

^ Top ^