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Jerrymurland

German strongpoints west of the Yser

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My information is that although the area west of the Yser was flooded there were German strongpoints in the flooded sector. Do any of you Belgian experts know where exactly these were? I know the Schoorbakke Bridge was taken and a small portion the west bank of the Yser was held hthere and also at Tervate. Am I correct in thinking the west bank of the Yser north of the Dodengang was also held by the Germans? Presumably the Belgian Army manned outposts in the flooded areas? I'm off to Diksmuide at the beginning of May and would love to see these places first hand. any help and suggestions much appreciated.

Jerry

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Hi,

One of those advanced posts is "Vicogne" (Stuivekenskerke).

Search on that.

Kind regards,

Joris

Ps: Wasn't there allready a thread about strongpoints at Diksmuide on this forum?

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Thanks Joris, I know about that one - its the small trench lines marked on the trench maps in the flooded area that I'm particularly interested in. They must have been supplied either by boat of walkway.

On a completely different note can anyone tell me what the blue rectangles on the enclosed map represent. My initial thought was artillery batteries. The trench map is of the Houlthust Forest.

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Reminds me of a photo in the messines battleground europe book of a bunker built for a german battery that had 2 chambers for the guns. perhaps the drawing is supposed to represent soemthing similiar. Was thinking of visiting the area when i'm in ypres later this month but presume, like most of the forests, that where the forest isn't owned by the army the rest of it is private.

Regards

Carlos

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Yes Carlos it is in the bit of forest not oused by the Belgian Army. Probably nothing remaining now but i'm going to have a look anyway!

Jerry

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Hi Jerrey,

it is from a Belgian trench map and it shows artillery positions

regards,

Cnock

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Jerry, I have a couple of good maps showing these strongpoints ... I'll dig them out. Actually better than that, I can send you my slide pack from a talk I used to do about the Belgian Army on the Yser ... they are in that. Do you have my email address?

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other German strongpoints between Nieuwpoort and SChoorbakke were:

Violette

Grote Hemme

Kleine Hemme,

Insel Ferme

Friedrich Ferme

etc

Cnock

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Near Schoorbakke

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Chris I have replied to your hotmail address

jerry

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Cnock, many thanks.

jerry

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Jerry,

if You need more maps, send me Your email address

regards,

Cnock

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