The First Battle of Ypres lasted from 19 October to 22 November 1914. It was fought around Ypres in Belgium. This battle was part of the First Battle of Flanders, in which French, Belgian, German and British armies fought from Arras (France) to Nieuport. The First Battle of Ypres occurred at the end of the Race to the Sea.
The Battle of Ypres was divided into 5 stages. They are: an encounter battle (19-21 October); the Battle of Langemarck (21–24 October); the battles at La Bassée and Armentières (to 2 November) and the Battle of Gheluvelt (29-31 October). The 4th stage included the large German offensive. It culminated into at the Battle of Nonne Bosschen (11 November). During the Battle of the Ypres, German fourth and sixth armies had severe losses, but they took a very small amount of ground.
Also, British, French Eight Army and Belgians, had severe losses. Both sides were unable to move their forces to Flanders fast enough so they can win this battle. By November, both of armies were suffering from the collapse in morale, exhausted and short of ammunition. As the result, battles that occurred in the autumn in Flanders were static operations. British, French and Belgian forces had field defenses, so they repulsed the attacks of Germans for 4 weeks.
The Belgian army consisted of 247.000 soldiers, French of 3.989.103 and British of 163.897 soldiers. This made a total number of 4.400.000 soldiers. They lost 58.155 (killed (7.960), wounded (29.563), 17.873 (missing) and 2.128 unknown). German army consisted of 5.400.000 soldiers. They lost 46.765 (8.050 (killed), 29.170 (wounded) and 10.545 (missing)). Germany lost 134.315 soldiers in northern France and Belgium from 15 October to 24 November the same year.