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    German Cemetery Lommel

    by vichatherly Updated Apr 4, 2011

    A quiet and sombre place where you can collect your thoughts.

    Anyone who thinks that war is exciting and glamorous should come here and see what a price has been paid for wars in the past.

    During the battles in Belgium and Western Germany, particularly in Aachen, in the Huertgen Forest and at the Remagen bridgehead, the American Burial Service temporarily buried those fallen German soldiers who they found in four temporary cemeteries: Henri-Chapelle, Fosse, Overrepen and Nueville-en-Condoz. From these four places the dead were then transferred to Lommel in 1946/47. In 1946 the American Burial Service transferred this temporary German facility to the presiding Belgium authorities. The Belgian authorities then transferred additional German war dead from WWII from various parts of Belgium to Lommel. Additionally 542 German WWI soldiers found their final resting place here as part of the dissolution of a small military cemetery in Leopoldsburg.

    The park contains over 38,000 graves. One cross was erected for every two burials, so that nearly 20,000 crosses cover the 16-hectare site.

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    Joe's Bridge

    by vichatherly Updated Sep 29, 2009

    Just outside Lommel is the bridge where the start of the "Market" part of Operation Market Garden began on 17 September 1944.

    The bridge is named after Lieutenant-Colonel J.O.E (Joe) Vandeleur, who commanded the Irish Guards infantry, who together with the Irish Guards armour, commanded by his cousin, Lieutenant-Colonel G.A.D (Giles) Vandeleur took the bridge on 10 September 1944.

    There is a plaque by the bridge.

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    German War Graves Visitors Centre

    by Jasen71 Written Jan 23, 2006

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    This war graves site was developed by the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgr?berf?rsorge e.V. (German War Graves Commission) for the fallen of World War II after it was commissioned to do so by the German government. The Volksbund has to rely on donations and contributions for the maintenance and care of this site. In international youth camps, young Europeans help to care for the site whilst at the same time building bridges of understanding. The centre has the records of most that are buried here, and can help locate the grave of those you seek, however they also help in further research...

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    Visit the German War Graves, and just think

    by Jasen71 Written Aug 29, 2005

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    unknown but to God

    Some people are just interested in history and others like myself have family that are buried or remembered in a war grave... One can't put into words the masses of crosses that are laid out..row upon row here in lommel... I was deeply moved by the sheer waste of life that I saw before me, and gave me pause for thought of todays wars and battles that soldiers are ask to fight in... a poem by John McCrae echoed thru my mind when I walked towards my Uncles grave...

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep,
    though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

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    "Pijnven Forest Reserve"-Lommel/Kerkhoven

    by Wafro Written Jun 1, 2004

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    Inside this area you won’t find any walking trails, but the forest roads are always in squares so, it isn’t easy to get lost.
    Along the road, you’ll also find several hideouts, which you can use to observe the local fauna.
    There are also several oases and pools which the animals use to drink, so when you sit still, you can use them also to observe the birds and mammals.

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    "Pijnven Forest Reserve"-Lommel/Kerkhoven

    by Wafro Updated Jun 1, 2004

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    In Lommel-Kerkhoven you also find the "PIJNVEN forest Reserve".
    This forest is mainly used as, forest research- and production area.
    This large pin forest is located in opposite of the "Kattebos Forest", the area has got different vegetation types.
    Sand dunes
    Bush land
    Grass plains
    Pin forests

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    Kattebos

    by Wafro Updated May 23, 2004

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    Kattebos is a forested area with open bush- and grasslands.
    Which you can find in the southern part, along the road Leopoldsburg-Lommel.
    When you translate the title you become "cat's forest", although you don't find any wild cats in this area.

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    Kattebos

    by Wafro Updated Jun 5, 2004

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    You can find a large variety of mammals, birds and insects.
    Such as:
    deer
    foxes
    rabbits
    squirrels
    hawks
    falcons
    owls
    butterflies
    spiders, etc?

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