The 2nd Battle of Ypres Remembered

The 2nd Battle of Ypres started 100 years ago on 22 April 1915. The purpose of this post is to give you a sense of the battle from material sourced on the Web plus unique maps created to show you exactly where main units were operating at the time. We have maps to cover up to 9 am 24 April. At the end of the article you see casualty totals, ammunition expenditure and personnel names of the entire 1st Canadian Infantry Division.

You can follow the outline here and take note of the Canadian Official History at the references. We have a wide range of material including the story of the brave paymaster who lead the 16th Battalion into the attack on Kitcheners Wood. Be sure also to check out the actions of Fred Fisher – Victoria Cross Winner. There are many maps to show you the general progression of the battle.

Next we have a series of maps from you with map references showing where the centre point of the units were.

The first map is late in the afternoon on the 22nd of April. This map comes from the Canadian War Museum and is enhanced using data from LINESMAN. The data is transposed onto these first four maps.

Late afternoon 22 April

YPRES 4 pm 22 Apr 1915

7 AM 23 April

YPRES SIT REPS APRIL 1915 B

Artillery positions 8 pm 23 April

YPRES 8 pm 23 Apr 1915 ARTY

Infantry units 8 pm 23 April

YPRES 8 pm 23 Apr 1915 INFANTRY

Arty units 9 am 24 April

YPRES ARTY SITREP 24 APRIL 9AM

Infantry A Sitrep 24 April 1915 0900 (too many units to get in 1 picture)

YPRES INFANTRY A SITREP 24 APRIL 9AM

YPRES ARTY SITREP 24 APRIL 9AM

Infantry B Sitrep 24 April 1915 0900

YPRES INFANTRY B SITREP 24APRIL 9AM

Unfortunately the next set of base maps came up at too low resolution to use and complete the mapping side of the project

However – here are casualty reinforcement figures from the 1st Cdn Infantry Div War Diary at www.collectionscanada.ca

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YPRESCOST1

PERSONNEL CASUALTIES
1 DIV 1st Bn Casualties
1 DIV 2nd Bn Casualties
1 DIV 3rd Bn Casualties
1 DIV 4th Bn Casualties
1 DIV 5th Bn Casualties
1 DIV 7th Bn Casualties
1 DIV 8th Bn Casualties
1 DIV 10th Bn Casualties
1 DIV 13th Bn Casualties
1 DIV 14th Bn Casualties
1 DIV 15th Bn Casualties
1 DIV 16th Bn Casualties
 
Summary of Losses
1 DIV 1st Infantry Bde
1 DIV 2nd Infantry Bde
1 DIV 3rd Infantry Bde

 

1 DIV APRIL 1915 APPX 5 Total Casualties of Infantry Brigades 22 April – 29 April 1915
1 DIV INF BN STR 28 April 1915
1 DIV Reinforcements 28 Apr and 5 May 1915
1 DIV Ammo Expended 22 April – 30 April 1915

Ammunition used

18 Pounder Shrapnel -28,870

18 Pounder HE – 4284

4.5 How Lyddite – 5163

4.5 How Shrapnel – 1356

Small Arms Ammo – 7 million rounds

Who served in the First Contingent? Here they are and most were probably in action

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