Flanders commemorates the First World War

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Bayernwald (Bayern Wood)

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Bayernwald (Bayern Wood)

This unique German site is located between the villages of Wijtschate and Voormezele. The site consists of two mine galleries, a mine shaft, a trench system and five bunkers. It is accessed via a footpath which passes through the restored network of trenches. A series of information panels give details of the events which took place here and explain what life at the front was really like.

Wijtschate, Bayernwald

German Military Cemetery Vladslo

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German Military Cemetery Vladslo

The cemetery was started during the first days of the Battle of the IJzer. After the war, more graves were brought in from other neighbouring burial sites. Now it contains over 25 000 graves. Among them is Peter Kollwitz, the 18 year old son of famous artist Käthe Kollwitz. At the back of the Vladslo-Praetbos cemetery, the “The Mourning Parents” form silent witnesses. She created it out of sorrow and love for her 18 years old son Peter who was killed in the area. In the run-up to the centenary, this site will be connected to the forest where numerous German war relics remain.

Vladslo, Duitse Militaire Begraafplaats
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Menin Gate

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Menin Gate

The Menin Gate is the most famous Commonwealth war memorial in Flanders and perhaps the world. Tens of thousands of soldiers passed through here on their way to the front, many of them never to return. Opened in 1927, the memorial bears the names of 54 896 soldiers who were reported missing in the Ypres Salient between the outbreak of war and 15 August 1917. The Menin Gate was designed in classical style by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Ieper, Meensepoort Ieper
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German Military Cemetery Hooglede

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German Military Cemetery Hooglede

Hooglede German Military Cemetery is located some six kilometres from the town of Roeselare. It is the smallest of the four German 'concentration' cemeteries and contains about 8 200 burials. The cemetery was first created in 1917. The 'Ehrenhall' (Hall of Honour) was later built with stones from the German pavilion at the 1928 World Exhibition in Paris. On fine days, the panorama of the surrounding countryside is impressive.

Hooglede, Duitse Militaire Begraafplaats Hooglede
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Polygon Wood Cemetery/Buttes New British Cemetery

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Polygon Wood Cemetery/Buttes New British Cemetery

Polygon Wood is a large wood, which was completely destroyed in the First World War. There you will find a burial ground named ‘Buttes New British Cemetery’ with the ‘New Zealand Memorial’. It commemorates 383 officers and men of the New Zealand Division.

Zonnebeke, Polygon Wood Cemetery/Buttes New British Cemetery
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German Military Cemetery Langemark

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German Military Cemetery Langemark

The sombreness is very much in evidence at the German military cemetery - Deutcher Soldatenfriedhof - in Langemark. However, its powerful simplicity lends a poignant air to this haunting burial ground. Behind the monumental entrance building lie about 44 300 soldiers, half of them in a mass grave. Over 3 000 cadets and student volunteers are among the dead. They were killed in October 1914 during the futile attempts to break though to Ypres. Hence the cemetery is also known as the Studentenfriedhof.

Langemark-Poelkapelle, Duitse Militaire Begraafplaats Langemark
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Belgian military cemetery

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Belgian military cemetery

French soldiers started this cemetery in the autumn of 1914. Only by June 1916, the Belgians took it over. After the war, the site was enlarged and the French soldiers were relocated. This cemetery became one of the nine Belgian military cemeteries in West-Flanders. A total of 1 207 soldiers found their last resting-place in the Belgian military cemetery in the village of Westvleteren.

Westvleteren, Belgische Militaire Begraafplaats Westvleteren
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Guynemer Monument

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Guynemer Monument

Perhaps one of the most impressive French memorials in the Salient is that of the French pilot Georges Guynemer in Poelkapelle. Guynemer was one of the great pioneers of aerial warfare with 53 victories, some of his most notable in the skies above Poelkapelle. It was here that he disappeared on 11 September 1917 during a routine mission. His body was never recovered...

Poelkapelle, Guynemer Monument
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Dozinghem Military Cemetery

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Dozinghem Military Cemetery

In preparation for the Third Battle of Ieper in 1917, the British army set up a number of extra field hospitals behind the lines. There were three such hospitals near Dozinghem. The soldiers who died of their wounds were buried here. The cemetery also contains the graves of three members of the Chinese Labour Corps.

Westvleteren, Dozinghem Military Cemetery
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Bedford House Cemetery

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Bedford House Cemetery

This cemetery, just outside Ieper, is one of the largest British cemeteries in the Westhoek. Bedford House Cemetery stands in what was once the park of Rosendael Castle, which the British troops renamed ‘Bedford House’ during the First World War. The castle served as a headquarters and as a medical aid post. Several small cemeteries were started in the castle grounds. The magnificent garden architecture makes Bedford House Cemetery a unique WWI site.

Brielen, Terug naar overzicht Bedford House Cemetery
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