Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Books And Maps
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Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Books And Maps
Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide Books And Maps

Illustrated guide books and maps of the First & Second World Wars



THE BATTLES THE YSER- SUMMARY

The battles of the Yser extended over the four years of the war. However perhaps the most critical of them all was in 1914 when the Germans almost broke the Belgian line. The story is that of a railway and a river. By the end of October 1914 following the struggles around Liege, Namur and Antwerp, the exhausted Belgian army had fallen back onto a ten miles long line of defence based on the Yser River between the North sea at Nieuport and the town of Dixmuide. On 21 October the Germans crossed the Yser at Tervate and a probable German advance to the Channel ports was only prevented by the flooding of vast tracts of land and the adoption of a defensive line based on the Dixmuide to Nieuport railway embankment which ran behind the river. After 15 days of continuous struggle, and a heroic Belgian bayonet charge, the front held. The lines would hold for four years.

 

This is the sort of very brief summary that precedes each of the 27 different battles covered in our two books Western Front - North, and Western Front - South. A more detailed description follows in the books with a point to point battlefield tour as well as up to date photographs.

 

HOW TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE BATTLE

This battle is described in Western Front - North. Please click here to go to details of the guide book in which the Battles of the Yser are described