Ypres Salient – Witness The Rest Of The Dead

Posted On December 3, 2009 

The Ypres Salient is the region located near Ypres in Belgium. Ypress has experienced many of the biggest wars during the I World War.

If stated in the terms of military a salient is described as a battlefield characteristic that missions into rivals area. Thus the salient is mostly enclosed by the opponents on almost three sides of the region, thus forcing the crowd to occupy the salient defenseless. The rival’s line that faces the salient is mostly stated as the re-entrant. A profound salient is weak to being “haggard out” crossways the bottom, form a shape of a “pocket”, in which the protector of the salient become spellbound, remote and also easier to conquer. This provides the aggressor an overpowering lead that is the protectors are at a risk of being attacked from almost all sides with huge artillery as well as the machine gun firings. But, since the defenders are totally bordered, it become a bit tough to supply them with ammunition, food, medical supplies etc Also it become a bit difficult for them to escape from the place. The so formed “pocket” with time decreases in the size as the protectors is damaged along and the aggressor move ahead. Eventually the declining size of the pocket makes it easy for the attackers to have full concentration on the gunfire that are been aimed at the wardens. Eventually, the protectors are besieged by this attack and the so called pocket falls down.

Ypres Salient

The Ypres salient during the World War In was been established by Belgian, French, British as well as Canadian suspicious hard work and concentrating against the German’s night raid that took place in 1914 and was described as the “Race to the Sea”, that concluded in the Battle of the Yserand which was the First ever Battle of Ypres.

These fights did save the Ypres salient and also the corner of Belgium which was been located around the Veurne from the occupation. It thus become the major reason for the start of trough fighting in the salient as both the attackers as well as the defenders side started to “dug in” in the region of the line. The area of the salient is most probably flat and has few rises or the small hills. Those who were left behind were thus the focus of the next battle which took place in 1915 and was known as the Second battle of Ypres. During this time the gas was used for the first time in the battle thus making the war the most destructive one. It was because of the gas that evacuation of Ypres took place. The Third Battle of Ypres was held in 1917 at Passchendaele.

Third Ypres BattleWhen the third battle was ended the Ypres salient experienced a relatively quite atmosphere. But it didn’t last long. Later the spring nasty were in jeopardy of overcoming the entire region. This insulting was clogged at the point when the Allies were in neighboring and were forced to dump the salient. In the month of August 1918, the Fourth Battle of Ypres took placed. It was successful in pushing the German forces out of the salient completely and thus they didn’t come back again.

The today’s battlefields of the Ypres Salient play of role of being the burial place for the numerous soldiers that belonged to the different nationalities and who died in the salient during the various battles that took place during the World War I, in the region of the town of Ieper. When the war was ended there were hundreds of burial grounds that did belong to the military. These military grounds were of different sizes and ranged from the huge cemeteries that was situated in or around ranged in size from large cemeteries located in or around the town or the villages.

How to reach

For the national as well as the international tourist there are many options available in regard to transportation when you want to reach Ypres in Belgium. Mostly the way depends on where you come from and which mode of transport you want to use. It is recommended to take the flight, car, train, ferry or the Euro tunnel. Sometimes it becomes necessary to use more than one mode of transport to reach Ypres.
Ostende Brugge Airport, Brussels International Airport, Brussels South Charleroi Airport are the neatest located airport from where you can take a bus or cab and reach Ypres.


It is advisable, if you are planning to visit Ypres get a few days off and have a little long stay in the area. There are many things that are worth-seeing. There are many guest houses as well as hotels located in as well as in the outskirts of the city. The services of the hotels are good and many of them do have a good English speaking staff.

When to visit

The best time to visit Ypres is in the season of spring that is from July to August. The climate is quite enjoyable during this time.

Opening timings

The Ypres salient is open throughout the year except for the New Year’s Day as well the Christmas day.

The working time of the salient is as follows:

1 April – 30 September:

On weekdays 9 am – 6 pm

On Sundays & public holidays 10 am – 6 pm.

1 October – 31 March:

On weekdays 9 am – 5 pm

On Sundays & public holidays 10 am – 5 pm.

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