500 First World War mortar rounds found near Ypres
A storage spot for mortar rounds from the First World War was uncovered in Ypres yesterday, the largest find of war munitions in more than a year
Size of find unusual
The works were suspended and the army’s bomb disposal unit DOVO attended the site from their base in nearby Poelkapelle. Such munitions finds are commonplace in the area of West Flanders known as the Westhoek, where – often uncovered by farmer ploughing fields – they are referred to as the “iron harvest”. The size of the latest find, however, is unusual.
The most recent find of similar size was in Langemark-Poelkapelle, to the north of Ypres, in February last year, where a farmer had collected thousands of unexploded shells in his barn after turning them up one by one.
First World War
lives lost in West Flanders
annual visitors to the Westhoek
First Battle of Ypres