For the battlefields

The Ypres Salient was feared by the soldiers and known at a terrible place to be. Flooded trenches, raids at night, mines exploding under trenches once in a while ,… Even at 'quiet' moments there were 7000 casualties per week. The Allies had a tough job holding a front where the higher grounds were taken by the Germans. They literally looked down on the British and Allied troops and during winters would loosen the sewage in their trenches on the opponent’s ones!

In the Salient no less than 4 major battles influenced the outcome of the Great War. The ‘Old Contemptibles’ of the British Expeditionary Force kept the line during fall 1914 when Hitler got his baptism fire at Gheluvedt. The Canadians prevented a breakthrough in April 1915 and all Allied forces struggled in the mud of 1917 when the ruins of the village of Passchendaele were captured in November.

One of the most surprising successes was commanded by General Plumer in 1917 when 19 mines exploded under the German front, clearing the way for the Aussies, Kiwis, Irish and British troops. The explosion of the Battle of Messines was the biggest man-made earthquake at that time, trembling Prime Minister Asquiths' inkpot at midnight in London.

If you are travelling with your own car but would like to discover the Great War up and underground with a guide, you can reserve a guided tour in Flanders and the Ypres Salient.

Guided tours on reservation during weekends. Start and end at your accommodation or convenience.

- € 90 for half day tour
- € 140 for day tour
Reservations at least 10 days in advance.