The Ypres Salient - CWGC

The First Battle of Ypres ('First Ypres') comprised a very extensive battlefield. In addition to the actions around the arc of the The view along the Ypres-Menin Road looking towards Hatte, otherwise known as Hellfire Corner.salient (from Langemarck in the north-east, round through Zonnebeke, Gheluvelt, Zandvoorde to Wytschaete in the south) there was much relevant fighting around Messines and Armentières. Indeed in the later opinion of the British Official Historian, Sir James Edmonds, the coincidental actions south of Ypres from the 19 October 1914 formed 'part and parcel' of the Ypres battles; it would appear that Edmonds in fact displayed a mild exasperation with the post-war Battles Nomenclature Committee's chronological and geographical classifications and decisions which resolved the Battle of Ypres into a matter of only three separate constituent actions:

'It has been found impossible in describing the fighting around Ypres in October and November 1914 to adhere rigidly to the limits fixed in 'The Report of the Battles Nomenclature Committee, 9th July 1920'...The battles of Armentières and Messines from 19th October onwards form part and parcel of the battles of Ypres 1914 just as much as Langemarck or Gheluvelt.' ('Military Operations. France and Belgium, 1914' (Volume II), compiled by Brigadier-General Sir James E Edmonds, London, Macmillan, 1925; footnote, pp 125-126).


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