Tag Archives : World War I

Creepy Travels – Fleury-devant-Douaumont


Our main goal of the second day was to visit the 9 “villages détruits”. These were 9 villages that were completely destroyed during World War I: During the First World War, specifically at the time of the Battle of Verdun in 1916, many villages in the French département of Meuse were destroyed by the fighting. After the war, it was decided that the land previously occupied by the…

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Last Trip of 2012 – Verdun Memorial


Even if you have been following our blog for only a couple of months, you might have noticed that Lars and I are interested in World War I. It’s not because we are interested in wars itself, but rather the consequences of it on the daily life of people living in the war-zones, on the fate of the soldiers, on borders,…

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Ypres Salient Car Route – Hill 60


Our last stop on this interesting car route was Hill 60. The number 60 refers to the height of this hill, which was man-made in the middle of the 19th century. At that time, excavations were going on in this area fot the creation of a railway and the earth that was dug out resulted in this hill. According to…

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Ypres Salient Car Route – French Military Cemetery


We are approaching Ypres again… According to the guidebook, about 1.4 million French soldiers died in World War I. Or in other words: 10% of the male population in France… More than 4.000 of them are buried in this small cemetery, which is easy to be recognized by the French flag. Most of these soldiers died in the beginning of…

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Ypres Salient Car Route – The Scottish Monument at Frezenberg


According to our guidebook, 560,000 Scots fought in World War I; 148,000 never saw Scotland again. To commemorate these brave people there is a monument not far from the center of Zonnebeke. A lot of these Scottish soldiers were highlanders and actually fought in their traditional kilts. The Germans must have been quite impressed by them, nicknaming them “the ladies…

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Ypres Salient Car Route – Tyne Cot


There is only one word to describe this cemetery and memorial: impressive. It’s located not far from Zonnebeke. According to Wikipedia, Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) burial ground for the dead of the First World War in the Ypres Salient on the Western Front. The cemetery grounds were assigned to the United Kingdom in perpetuity by King Albert…

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Ypres Salient Car Route – German Military Cemetery Langemark – Part 2


Time to give a bit more background information about the cemetery. According to Wikipedia: The German war cemetery of Langemark (also spelt ‘Langemarck’) is near the village of Langemark, part of the municipality of Langemark-Poelkapelle, in the Belgian province of West Flanders.[1] More than 44,000 soldiers are buried here.[2] The village was the scene of the first gas attacks by the German army, marking the beginning of the Second Battle…

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Ypres Salient Car Route – German Military Cemetery Langemark – Part 1


When we started with this car route, The Viking asked me if I knew about any German war cemeteries in this region. And I have to admit it: I had no idea at all… Maybe it’s because we remember all these people who fought against the Germans in World War I (and later in World War II).  Maybe it’s because…

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