This is a 15 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on World War I - Key Battles - 1914 - First Battle of Ypres. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
The early stages of the Schlieffen Plan were largely successful and the German cause was further bolstered by a stunning victory over the Russians at Tannenberg in late-August. In Belgium, the Germans pushed back the small Belgian Army and defeated the British Expeditionary Force at Mons. The BEF and French forces finally succeeded in checking the German advance at the First Battle of the Marne in early September. Counterattacking at the Aisne, the Allies had little success.
A strategic location, Ypres was the last obstacle between the Germans and the key Channel ports of Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer. Conversely, an Allied breakthrough near the town would allow them to sweep across the relatively flat terrain of Flanders and threaten key German supply lines.
A critical victory for the Allies, the First Battle of Ypres saw the BEF sustain 7,960 killed, 29,562 wounded, and 17,873 missing, while the French incurred between 50,000 and 85,000 casualties of all types. To the north, the Belgians took 21,562 casualties during the campaign. German losses for their efforts in Flanders totaled 19,530 killed, 83,520 wounded, 31,265 missing.
Many of the German losses were sustained by the reserve formations that had been comprised of students and other youths. As a result, their loss was dubbed the "Massacre of the Innocents of Ypres."
With winter approaching, both sides began digging in and constructing the elaborate trench systems that would characterize the front for the remainder of the war.
Map of the Western Front
Race to The Sea
Setting the Stage
BEF’s Rapid Fire
Massacre of the Innocents
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