The Great War of 1914-1918 was called by many that fanatically threw themselves into the tranches that became their graves, the "War to end all wars". Let all who believe that violence, fighting or war ever could make an end to itself come to Ieper and visit the memorials, cemetries and museums. Let them smell the bloody acres and hear the trumpets call at the Menin Gate (see Ieper-page). Let them stand in front of the gravestone that says "known unto God only" and let them understand that there is no hope for us, when we don;t see that violence leads to itself. Fighting solves nothing and war knows only losers.
Fondest memory: On the remains of a dugout near some leftover tranches at Zillebeke, in the early morning of a cold winters day, I saw what I share with you in the attached picture.
Let it be known to everyone: there's hope in the strangest places.
Favorite thing: The small village 't Hooge and the little larger Zillebeke, astride the Meense weg (Menin Road) just outside of Ieper (Ypres) were a valuable price in the Great War of 1914-1918. Day after day for over four years long the fighting raged backwards and forwards over only 300 meters resulting in utter devastation. The battle occured on the grounds surrounding large stately homes, among them the castle that was near the present castlefarm 't Hooghe. Baron van Vinck saw his complete property ruined and destroyed.