On Demand Tour: Gheluvelt – 1st Battle of Ypres – 1914

Rated 4.9 out of 5
4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 21 reviews)


Battlefield Guide – Dr Spencer Jones

Tour Manager – Dan Hill

Tour length about 75 min

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In October 1914 the British Army was locked in deadly combat at the First Battle of Ypres. German forces were determined to break through to Ypres and then march on the Channel Ports. Their advance was blocked by a battered line of British defenders – the last of the ‘Old Contemptibles’ who had achieved fame in August & September 1914. On 31 October 1914 a powerful German assault group launched the heaviest attack of the battle. The Germans tore open the British line and seized the village of Gheluvelt. The road to Ypres lay open and there seemed to be no barrier left to stop their victorious advance. Yet when all seemed lost a remarkable, last-ditch counterattack by 2nd Worcester Regiment turned the tide of battle and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. This tour tells the story of the Battle for Gheluvelt and the incredible heroism of the 2nd Worcesters as they launched what would later be be described as the ‘attack which saved the Empire’.

21 reviews for On Demand Tour: Gheluvelt – 1st Battle of Ypres – 1914

Rated 4.9 out of 5
4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 21 reviews)
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Rated 5 out of 5
December 9, 2021

Been to Ieper/Ypres many times but have never explored this aspect on the ground (although have read of it). Thank you for a clear and concise (and fascinating) description

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Ian Riley
Rated 4 out of 5
December 7, 2021

Wonderfully executed by the narrator Ben. A story which exemplifies the “ old contempables “
Shining a light into these early days of this awful war which developed into the stalemate of trench warfare.

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John McGeoghan
Rated 5 out of 5
November 26, 2021

excellent and leant so much about this action

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Paul Sadd
Rated 5 out of 5
November 24, 2021

Very informative. My Grandfather fought with the Worcesters throughout the Great War. Having visited this area this video gives me a better understanding. Thank you for making it easy to understand but more important making it very interesting.

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Gary Ralph
Rated 5 out of 5
November 21, 2021

Yes, another superb and enjoyable tour by Dr Spencer Jones.

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