This is the French text that is inscribed in the foot of the monument. My French is not that well and if someone could translate it for me and send it by e-mail, I will be most grateful (just because I am curious what it says exactly).
"Heros legendaire tombe en plein ciel de gloire Apres trois ans de lutte ardente restera le plus pure symbole des qualites de la race: Tenacite indomptable energie fourage courage sublime anime de la foi la plus inebranlable dans la victoire il legue au soldat Francais un souvenir imperissable qui exalterra l'esprit de sacrifice et provoquera les plus nobles emulations.
11 Septembre 1917"
Legendary hero fallen from the sky during his glory period after three years of ardent struggle, he will remain the purest symbol of the qualities of the race: tenacity, indomitable energy, sublime courage driven by the most unshakable faith in the victory. He gave to the French soldiers an imperishable memory that will exalt the mind of sacrifice and will provoke the noblest emulations.
September 11, 1917"
Translations in gratitude to Ptitetoile. Thank you very much, my “Latin” lady. Please do also visit her homepage and learn the wonderful joys of the dance, in particular the Tango.
In the direction of Westrozebeke, along the main road, a rather large cemetry appears on the right hand side. Around 6.000 British (which means actually various nationalities as long as they were from the British Common Wealth - Australians, Irish, Indians, Canadians etc.) are burried. The cemetry is symetrical and therefor the amount of gravestones impresses very much. From some angels it looks like the lines even disappear in the horizon. In the attempt to break the frontline that got stuck for three long years, the allied forces tried in September 1917 a forceful attack on the German strengholds. The eventual march forwards was approximately twelve kilometers and got litterally stuck in the mud. Three out of four soldiers died, one of them not by a bullet or bomb, but because they drowned! Men and horses sank away in the mud that was here after weeks of heavy rain. Even tanks (the first ever used in warfare) disappeared. The attack that in the end got stuck in Passchendaele, was the fiercest in the "Ieper Saillant". Nearly half a million men lost their lives.
The West Flanders clay fields are furtile and the area has an agricultural purpose. Especially around Poelkapelle vegetables are grown everywhere. Now-a-days one also sees a strong appearing horticulture, but the open field cropgrowing is still most present. Poelkapelle has many farms surrounding the village and the varie from small houses with little soil to large old castlefarms with enormous acres and fields stretching out to far corners. Still the parcels are small in these lands. Reorganisation is only in a beginning fase.
Wallemolenstraat 43, Poelkapelle Ypres, Ypres, 8920, Belgium
Good for: Couples
Poelkapelle 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.