The German 4th and 6th armies took small amounts of ground at great cost to both sides, at the Battle of the Yser 16—31 October and further south at the Battles of Ypres.
On October 22, the German troops launched an attack on the British line. Racing-chien, cheval Qui est admissible a un remboursement. German attacks from 25—26 October were made further south, against the 7th Division on the Menin Road and on 26 October part of the line crumbled until reserves were scraped up to block the gap and avoid a rout.
Progress on roads, rail lines, railheads and spurs in the Second Army zone was continuous and by mid, gave the area the most efficient supply system of the BEF.
While German assaults continued for a few days, they were minor. The left flank of the 7th Division was taken over by the 2nd Division, which joined in the counter-attack of the French IX Corps on the northern flank towards Roulers and Thourout, as the fighting further north on the Yser impeded German attacks around Ypres.
This line marks the farthest point of the German Army's advance to the west. The British were forced back by the German 4th Division and British counter-attacks were repulsed.
The History Learning Site, 16 Apr The land surrounding Ypres to the north is flat and canals and rivers link it to the coast. This was the last fight of a series of battles that broke out between the Germans and the British during the Race to the Sea.
German accounts stress the accuracy of Allied sniper fire, which led troops to remove the spike from Pickelhaube helmets and for officers to carry rifles to be less conspicuous. The offensive was renewed in mid-August, though heavy rains and thickening mud severely hampered the effectiveness of Allied infantry and artillery and prevented substantial gains over the majority of the summer and early fall.
The operation would, however, only be possible to start from April at the earliest due to the high winter water table of the Lys river.
Despite their numerical superiority and greater weight of artillery, the Germans were unable to break through the Entente line. Marches were made at night and billeted troops were forbidden to venture outside in daylight.
The French incurred 85, casualties. Though successful, the area was reduced to a muddy bog.
Instead, Third Ypres became a remorseless battle of attrition. An occupier also has the advantage that artillery deployments and the movement of reinforcements, supplies and stores can be screened from view.
The breakthrough would be made in the British Front just south of the Belgian-French border in the Lys river area with the intention to pierce the Allied Front there and advance westwards making for Hazebrouck. To the south-east, canals run between Lens, Lille, Roubaix and Courtraithe Lys river from Courtrai to Ghent and to the north-west lies the sea.
However, Ypres had been brought into range of German artillery, which reduced the city to rubble. The German armies engaged 34 divisions in the Flanders battles, the French twelve, the British nine and the Belgians six, along with marines and dismounted cavalry.
The Germans had the advantage of superior numbers, although many of their divisions were reserve formations whose recruits were either older men or student volunteers lacking in military training.
Since much of the drainage had been destroyed, though some parts were restored by land drainage companies from England. To the south of the town the land rises to about feet the Mesen Ridge which would give a significant height advantage to whichever side controlled this ridge of high land.
The historiography of Third Ypres remains especially controversial. Each day Ypres was shelled and civilian casualties were high. This tactic set the scene for what Ypres was to suffer for several more years. By the winter, the Germans had not taken Ypres and heavy rain meant that any movement was impossible as the roads turned to mud.
The first battle at Ypres limped to a halt. The First Battle of Ypres was fought induring WWI (). This was the last fight of a series of battles that broke out between the Germans and the British during the Race to the Sea.
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