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The Ypres salient in February 2006

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I'll put my photos from my weekend in Ypres in this forum, if it's the wrong place please move the thread elsewhere.

Starting off with Yorkshire Trench which was north of Ypres (about 4km) near Boesinge just to the east of the canal.

The trench was excavated and preserved in about 2001 prior to the industrial estate being built.

There are also photos in the following two links:

http://gmic.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=5588&st=0entry54427

http://gmic.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=5586...t=0entry54422

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A poor bugger found during the excavation work, a RWF killed on or before the 31.7.17 (battle of Pilkem Ridge). His tag was illegible.

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The following pictures are from inside Hooge Crater museum.

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Got to pick my son up from swimming, feed him and his brother, get them to bed then have a shower so will post more pics later.

Tony

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That is quite a poignant photo of one of the "lost," frozen just as he was at the time of death. That looks like an X-ray picture.

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Rick,

I've seen quite a few pictures of men found like that, he looks as though he's sleeping, wonder how he died.

Some shells from the area.

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Bits dug up.

A flooded trench next to the crater

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Bayernwald / Croonaert Wood. I think this was the place where AH was.

The first picture show what it looked like the last time I was there, the trenches had been left and were only a few feet deep. The other photos show the reconstruction work done to them.

The last time I was there I found the base plate to a trench mortar (probably left over from the museum) but didn't know bunkers were there.

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First is a view from Bayernwald towards Kemmel, the other is looking towards Ypres.

Forgot to mention the cemetery; it's Irish house Cemetery.

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French graves just across the road from Bremen redoubt (now closed as it has caved in), there are a few colonial headstones between the crosses.

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Essex Farm cemetery and two battlefield burials

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Some Belgian graves in the Menin Rd. civilian and military cemetery.

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Nice photos... I must get there some time soon.....

Another GMIC trip in the offing?

Tony, your great photos have me checking my diary to see when we can go. Flanders is only 3 hours by car from Dortmund if traffic on the Antwerp ring road is not too heavy.

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David,

It took me 4 hours from Bielefeld but I did leave very early in the morning and the fog in Germany held me up a bit. I'm sure we can fit a trip in soon, Chris will have the longest journey though and it is worth popping along to Canadalaan early on a Sunday morning.

I'll post some pics of a few memorials in the area when I get home from work later.

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Some memorials starting off with the Belgian one for both wars in the centre of Ypres.

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An archway under the Menin Gate.

Wreaths are placed here every day after members of the Belgian fire brigade play the Last Post at 8pm.

The US memorial between Kemmel and Ypres.

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The New Zealand memorial at Messine, this area was taken within one hour of the attack on the Messine Ridge starting.

The view the Kiwis had afterwards.

Lochnagar Crater, now a memorial known as the Pool of Peace. At the start of the Battle of Messine Ridge 21 mines were ready to blow, 19 mines exploded on the 7th July 1917, number 20 went off during a thunder storm in the 1950s killing a cow and the other is still out there somewhere.

The Pool of Peace was the 3rd or 4th largest mine containing 91000 lbs of ammonal. My son should give you an idea of the scale.

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The Australian memorial at Hill 60 and the Belgian memorial at Whitesheet.

Tony

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great pictures Tony, looks like you had a good trip

hope you don't mind if I add a couple of my own

the 'Trenches of Death' near Dixmunde by the yser

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