On Demand Tour: Gheluvelt – 1st Battle of Ypres – 1914
Battlefield Guide – Dr Spencer Jones
Tour Manager – Dan Hill
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’.
Excellent and thorough
Very good, detailed tour of a key part of the Somme battlefield
Very nicely done. Great detail of the battle and the Canadian Corps efforts there.
I’ve spent some time on the ground there trying to understand this battle but the deep detail presented here certainly exceeded my knowledge. Fantastic presentation and certainly worth the investment of my subscription.
Very informational! I really enjoyed having the various maps to follow along with and appreciated the different perspective compared to other WWII resources. Highly recommend