When entering the cemetary one is encountered with a mass grave, where the remains of about 9000 German soldiers have been gathered.Unlike the British, who wanted their soldiers to be burried on or near the battlefields, the Germans decided to bring together the fallen soldiers in a few large cemetaries.more
The citizens of Langemark saw a war pass by. Later they had the constant threat of becoming a warzone itself when the frontline would collapse and shift over their village. Some decided to fight, some decided to help the wounded that were resting in their houses. To remember the fallen inhabitants you can see a memorial column in front of the...more
The fact that Langemark was more distant from the frontline and the tranches ment that it was not completely destroyed in "fire barrages". Here however another tole took place as hospitals and restrooms showed the fysical and psychological effects of the Great War. Soldiers that had managesd to get out of no-man's land after being shot or wounded,...more
In the centre of the village Langemark you see the large church on the central square. The village is in avergae one of the countrysides bigger ones and is as community linked to nearby Poelkapelle. As it was situated in fair distance from the frontline it was not completely wiped out, but here too the war took it's tole, when bombs accidently...more
The entry building is split in two rooms. To the right one is shown the battlefields in Flanders and the frontline stretching out from the North Sea coast to the French sections leading to Switzerland. Here one can read about the battles that kept on leading to senceless and enormous amounts of deads etween 1914 and 1918. In 1917 this came to an...more
At the end of the cemetry a statue is erected, simulating four soldiers paying their respect to the fallen brothers in arms. The stones surrounding the square mass grave have large bronze plates on them that bare the names of the almost 25.000 dead. The atmosphere is grim, chilling, but equally sad as on the allied cemetries. Here too the little...more
After the first worldwar there were around 678 small cemetries throughout the Flanders regions. Only in Langemark itself there were already 15. In 1920 the belgian warcasual society decided to "gather" all graves and burry them in a few large cemetries. The largest of them is here in Langemark, containing 44.061 fallen soldiers. The cemetry is grim...more
Langemark is one of many stops along the "In Flanders Fields" car route. This 82 kilometers long drive through and around Ieper shows all mayor sites that are connected to the fierce battles around here in between 1914 and 1918. It is available through internet on the website of Westtoer as well as in the local tourist informations.
Langemark had it's suffering but was kept quite up shape. Therefor here one can still see Flanders style houses from centuries ago. The red bricks used to erect stairshaped facades are significant for the whole Lowlands area. On Langemarks village square one can see few of them of which many were used as war hospitals and resting stations for soldiers on leave.
In the entrance building of the German Cemetry in Langemark one finds to the right a room with wooden sidings. In the wood the names are scratched of the 10.000's of soldiers that have fallen and are burried here.
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