It is now more than 100 years ago since the First World War broke out. Following the almost complete destruction of our region during the fighting, the towns, villages, farms, meadows and woods were all rebuilt or restored after the Armistice. The old front line can no longer be recognized in the landscape, although its memory continues to speak to the imagination. For this reason, the front has now been marked by 133 remembrance trees. These standard elms have been planted along the position of the front between 1915 and 1917.
The Ieper Salient did not remain static, but moved backwards and forwards in response to major offensives or local actions. The elms have been planted on the front line that remained unaltered for the longest period of time, between the Second and Third Battles of Ieper.
With the help of the Ypres Salient 1914-1918 application, you can explore the landscape of the battlefields by following the remembrance trees along the old front line. The app. will help you to locate the trees, while a series of aerial photographs give you 'then-and-now' images of the key sites.
The app can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.