German text on back (with pencil clarification of text):
German soldiers standing outside of camouflaged trenches.
This was part of a lot from soldier in IR 163.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale).
Ypres is a Belgian municipality located in the Flemish province of West Flanders. During the First World War, Ypres was the centre of Battles of Ypres between German and Allied forces
Ypres occupied a strategic position during the First World War because it stood in the path of Germany's planned sweep across the rest of Belgium and into France from the north (the Schlieffen Plan). The neutrality of Belgium was guaranteed by Britain; Germany's invasion of Belgium brought the British Empire into the war. The German army surrounded the city on three sides, bombarding it throughout much of the war. To counterattack, British, French, and allied forces made costly advances from the Ypres Salient into the German lines on the surrounding hills.