Sept/Oct 1914 After the Battle of the Aisne, both the Germans and Allied forces had entrenched. Each side was trying to out-flank each other in a bid for open warfare.
The trenches eventually reached the sea and the engagement was known as “The race to the Sea” As the entrenchment reached Ypres, the trenches stayed on the high ground by going to the East of the town.
A salient was forming.
10th Nov 1914 Following a number of attacks and counter-attacks, the entrenchment settled down into a semi-circle around Ypres.
Intense cold halted any further large-scale activities and both sides settled down to making themselves as comfortable as possible in the trenches.
(Map showing Salient forming)