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Belgian city in West Flanders located along the Ypres-Comines Canal. After four years at the center of positional warfare, it was fully destroyed. After the First Battle of Flanders, the German Fourth and (on the right flank) Sixth Army resumed the offensive in November 10–18, 1914, with the limited goal of retaking the Ypres Salient and capturing the city. This operation was intended to end the German 1914 Campaign with clear success, before troops were shifted to the Eastern Front. Reinfo…

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Werth, German, “Ypres”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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