The Messines Ridge is the southern part of the greater Ypres Salient,
the frontline that swirls around the city of Ypres. It was here that in
1917 the troops of General Sir Herbert Plumer managed to gain the
biggest victory of the war in the Ypres Salient. As a prelude to the
Battle of Passchendaele it was highly successful because of the new kind
of warfare: on a large scale undermining the German lines...
THE TOUR From Ypres we drive to Kemmel, where we get an introduction on the
famous Mine battle of Messines. It shows us how and where the tunnelers
dug their shafts and how the Germans reacted to their digging. Next, we
visit the Pool of Peace, the largest mine crater on the western front,
and pay our respects to those killed in action on the 7th of June 1917
on Spanbroekmolen Cemetery. Via Petit Bois, the site where the Irish MP
Willie Redmond got shot, we reach Bayern Wald. Fom Wijtschaete we
continue to Messines, where we visit the Australian Memorial and the
Island of Ireland Peace Park. On the way back to Ypres we visit
Oosttaverne Military Cemetery and the St Eloi craters.
TARIFF > 3 hour tour: € 35,- p.p.
Entrance fee to Bayern Wald (€ 5) not included.
DEPARTURE Ideally the tour starts from Ypres at 9 am or 1.30 pm. Other departures are also possible, but depend on the opening times of the Kemmel Visitor Centre and the Bayern Wald site.