In 2004 from 25th of April a new museum is opening it's doors. In it - one says - the visitor can experience the hell that soldiers had to o through in the tranches. The memorial museum Passchendaele will also explane everything in detail of the heavy battle that took place in September to November 1917 in which the allied forces advanced forward...more
The battlefields of Flanders, in the 1914-1918 World War created, in just this one place (and there are many more cemeteries in Flanders):35000 names of missing men on the Memorial Wall.Nearly 12000 headstones of Allied soldiers. Most of them are of unidentified men.........'known unto God', as their headstones say.White Portland stone was imported...more
Well worth visiting, even if you are not specifically on a battlefield tour/exploration.The museum is housed in a mansion (1920s), with a rather lovely water-lilied lake. Inside you'll find displays and artefacts from the First World War battlefields in the area, and a good re-creation of a British dugout.It will, I guarantee, make you think and...more
Visit the Memorial Museum Another "experience" interesting is the visit of the journey was moving trenches in the museum cellars. One meet again in the middle of restored scenes: commandantuur, infirmary, transmissions, dormitories... A small idea of what was the life to the forehead without the noises, humidity, the pong... ---oooOOOooo--- Une...more
Visit the Memorial Museum A room is devoted to the known used gasses in the region for the first time. A device is installed so that the visitor can smell the odours of 4 different gasses of which it famous Ypérite. Of course they are here inoffensive but I must say that I was sharply emotional and uncomfortable of the experience and especially of...more
Visit the Memorial Museum Besides many photos, one finds here a lot of windows and explanatory panels. Often grouped together by theme, the visitor will be able to see and discover among others of the elements of uniforms of the different bodies of weapons in presence. ---oooOOOooo--- Outre de nombreuses photos, on trouve ici plein de vitrines et...more
Visit the Memorial Museum The museum gives a life impression to the forehead during the countries of Ypres (there been some three) between 1914 and 1918. Many photos allow you to see places of the regions. Can will have you the time to return you in these places (as for example Dixmude/Dixmuide) in order to realize you the reconstruction (often in...more
Zonnebeke also has it's own museum. one that explanes about the history of this village and it's surroundings. Special attention in this museum, that is also partly outside in wonderful old houses, to the two abbeys that dominated this vicinity in medieval times. They were founded around 1100 and raided by the independance fighters in 1580...more
In the centre of Zonnebeke one can also visit something non world war relative things. The attraction even before the war has always been the gardens of the castle Zonnebeke. This castle, situated near the springs of a small river (the Sun creek or in Dutch Zonne beek), is open for public and the castle has been rebuilt in Normandian style. It is...more
The special thing on Saint-Charles de Potyze cemetry is definately the fact that all the crosses here are simply made of wood. Nor British nor German cemetries have this, though the German cemetries immediately after the war as well had wood as basic material for the graves. On the french cemetry one also sees a dark statue of a "Pieta" from...more
This is one of the largest French cemetries on the Flanders Fields frontline. 4.000 souls are resting here, of whome 600 are in a mass grave, at the far side of the cemetry because they were not identified. The French closed the Northern part of the Ieper Saillant section and then covered the frontline along Diksmuide towards the North Sea (helped...more
Walking over the tyne Cot cemetry (as well as over all other cemetries) one must notice the shocking amount of gravestones that bare the text "Known unto God". These graves are containing the remains of a brave soldier that was not identified after being found. One must imagine that in no-man's land many men died or even worse, fell wounded to...more
Inscribed in the "Stone of Remembrance" is always the text "Their name liveth for ever more". This sentence was chosen by Rudyard Kipling (nobelpricewinner and autor of "Jungle Book"). He lost his only son in the first world war, who's body also was never retreived.The cemetry is however somewhat different as for it's extra buildings. Little dome...more
Tyne Cot cemetry has however few other items. First and above all there is the long stretched wall curving at the higher side of the cemetry. It encloses a whole side and exists of numerous plates filled with names. Here are the 34.957 names of fallen soldiers that fell after the 16th of August 1917 and are not burried in holy soil as their bodies...more
Near Zonnebeke, on top of a small hill, one can find the largest Commen Wealth military cemetry on mainland Europe. Here 11.956 soldiers are burried among which many in graves with the text "Known unto God only", which means their bodies have never been found or identified. The cemetry is huge and the white gravestones - so typical for all common...more
Zonnebeke 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.
Many buildings in Zonnebeke have been restored in original style. Therefor the centre of the village is a mix of modern and old fashioned looking buildings. The church is modern, with a straight belltower alongside it's ship. Across the street however there's the former boardingschool Saint Lucas, in wonderful neo-classic styles.
Australian 5th Division Memorial Situated to a highly strategic point, the Polygon bos or Polygon wood, called equally Den Doel, (the goal, in does popular translation of "The Buttes" name employed by the military officers AFTER the memorial construction) to is the object of violent fight notably in September 1917 and spring 1918. Today, a mound...more
New Zealand War Memorial October 4th 1917, the troops New Zealanders attack the German positions with a "beautiful" success according to the order: An impressive number of deaths with the enemy, 1200 prisoners and... "only" a fifth one of the attacks (Neo Zealanders) lost. Strong of this succeeds, the état-major send back them October 12 to the...more
Through worldwars and revolutions. Through independancy battles and foreign occupation. Flanders is Catholic and will stay Catholic. The churches maybe geting emptier each year, but outside many things remember of this relgion. Crosses, chapels and statues on many corners and junctions.more
AN OBSERVATION :
HEADSTONE OF SECOND LT. ARTHUR C. YOUNG
" SACRIFICE TO THE FALLACY THAT WAR CAN END WAR "