Ypres May 1940

Discussion in '1940' started by Paul Reed, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Just acquired a small collection of photos of Ypres in May 1940. They show some of what is now the largely forgotten damage of WW2.

    The photos were all taken by a German soldier, and they are all dated 31st May 1940.

    First one shows refugees leaving Ypres. I think this is the road that runs from St George's towards Poperinghe.

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  2. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Damage to buildings in the Grotemarkt. This is what is now the Dexia bank. The white door on left is still there and to the right is the Hotel t'Zweerd.

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  3. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Another view of the same damage.

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  4. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Pretty sure this is Boterstraat.

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  5. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Finally, rear of St Martin's Cathedral.

    Hope they are of interest?

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  6. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Right Soren, let's see the "Now" photos to go with that.

    Cheers Paul.
     
  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Cheers Paul.....I await Soren's Now pics :D
     
  8. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    These are Soren's 'now' pictures, taken after his first "all-nighter" in Ieper !
     
  9. CROONAERT

    CROONAERT Ipsissimus

    Excellent pics, Paul (looks like the weather had improved considerably by the 31st!).

    I like the first shot especially - didn't take the civvies long to make use of those abandoned '37 pattern large packs did it? :lol: I wonder what conversation is going on between the occupants of the German Army car and the semi-official looking bloke in the hat.

    cheers.

    dave.
     
  10. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Was it bad weather before that?

    What do you reckon on the street locations - about right?
     
  11. Auditman

    Auditman Senior Member

    They must be fed up with rebuilding that town
    Jim
     
  12. CROONAERT

    CROONAERT Ipsissimus

    Damage to buildings in the Grotemarkt. This is what is now the Dexia bank. The white door on left is still there and to the right is the Hotel t'Zweerd.

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    Looks like it fell down even more later!!! ...
     

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  13. CROONAERT

    CROONAERT Ipsissimus

    Was it bad weather before that?




    Torrential thunderstorm on the 29th/30th.

    mind you, that was up at Boesinge and you know how odd the weather can be there at times!!! (might not have touched ypres!!!)

    dave.
     
  14. stevew

    stevew Senior Member

    Great pictures Paul and thanks for sharing
     
  15. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    I've got another one coming this week, watch this space. They were all part of an album covering Holland and Belgium in 1940, which the seller is splitting up.
     
  16. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    Another one in the series. This is on the Ypres - Poperinghe road, where the road cross the old Comines canal. At least that's what it looks like!

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  17. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Back to the weather a report in the German 61 ID history says....

    May 27th/28th...
    ...Unceasing rain hampered vision and made it even more difficult to attack .....

    ....The increasingly heavy rain had thoroughly soaked the clay soil. The men stood knee deep in water. Flanders mud clung to the whole body and made weapons and equipment filthy.

    That is regarding the fighting on the Ypres-Comines canal quoted from page 159 of Guards VC by D. Sarkar.
     

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