The Ypres Salient 100th anniversary
Belgium – Ypres and the Flanders Battlefields
The tour starts at Dover where we will meet for introductions and the briefing before catching the ferry to Calais. We will then ride through France and into Belgium to our three* B&B hotel in the centre of Ypres (Leper) in the province of West Flanders, which will be our base for our four night stay.
Throughout the Great War of 1914-1918, only one corner of Belgium remained unconquered. In this half-moon shaped known as ‘The Salient’ an eternal bond between the Belgian, British, French and Canadian nations was formed. The Allied determination to protect Ypres at all costs left them in a difficult defensive position and the battlegrounds here became known as the “Ypres Salient” for this reason.
During the four years of fighting for a few kilometres of land, an average of 5000 British and Commonwealth soldiers died every month. There are numerous fascinating and poignant sites to visit where remains of the fighting can still be seen, including trenches, mine craters and bunkers, 100 years on from the Armistice on the 11th November 1918.
This tour will explore the fascinating history of this area of Flanders which was instrumental during WW1. As well as also visiting some important memorials, cemeteries and museums such as the Menin Gate, Artillery Wood, Polygon Wood, Tynecot, Essex Farm and Langemark cemetery.
In the 100th year since the Armistice join us to discover the real history behind the individual stories of those who fought and sacrificed their lives in this area of Belgium. Our experienced passionate and knowledgeable MSL Tours Guide will be able to show you the terrain where individual battles were fought which potentially influenced the outcome of the war and share with you his passion for the history of WW1.