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(French izɛr)
(Placename) a river in NW central Europe, rising in N France and flowing through SW Belgium to the North Sea: scene of battles in World War I. Length: 77 km (48 miles)
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a river flowing from N France through NW Belgium into the North Sea. 55 mi. (89 km) long.
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These episodes include the flooding of the Yser River in October 1914, Turkish entry into the war several days later, the landing of Australian troops at Gallipoli, Lloyd George's appointment to the Ministry of Munitions, the death of Emperor Francis Joseph, the German declaration of unrestricted submarine warfare, the abdication of the tsar, the strategic air raid on London of June 1917, the Balfour Declaration, the announcement of the Fourteen Points, and the German Lys offensive in April 1918.
In the so-called Battle of the Yser River, they helped to stabilize the fighting front in Flanders--but only after the loss of 14,000 soldiers.