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Trappen of stappen langs het WESTFRONT '14 - '18

Herwig Aertbelien

Trappen of stappen langs het WESTFRONT '14 - '18

Collection by Herwig Aertbelien

4

Tours

11:45 h

95.4 mi

3,275 ft

Trappen of stappen langs het WESTFRONT '14 - '18 is een bundeling van onze reflectiemomenten met het getekende landschap van Wereldoorlog Eén in de Westhoek. Fragment uit tekst ‘Duizend soldaten’ van Willem Vermandere"Als je van je leven in de Westhoek passeert, door regen en noordenwinden.
Keer om in de tijd als je hier passeert.
De oorlog ga je hier terugvinden.
Ja, het is de oorlog dat je hier terug zal vinden.
Het graf van duizenden soldaten.
Altijd iemands vader altijd iemands kind.
Nu doodstil en godverlaten".

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Tours & Highlights

  • Met Cogge & Geeraert langs inundatiegebied en door polders

    02:55
    27.6 mi
    9.5 mph
    750 ft
    775 ft

    Themed cycle route: Cogge - Geeraert 14-18 is a step through the inundation area of the Western Front.

    The cycle route highlights the flooding of the Yser Plain during the First World War and the role played by the historical figures Karel Cogge and Hendrik Geeraert. Karel Cogge was an overseer of the

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  • 04:03
    36.1 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,075 ft

    Themafietsroute: Ypres Salient - The Road to Passchendael

    

    Starten doen we in Poelkapelle bij de Memorial van Georges Guynemer – Franse held van het luchtruim boven Vlaanderen. Inspirerend door zijn heroïsche heldendaden hebben we zin en vliegen we er meteen goed in. Op de rotonde nemen we afscheid van

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  • 03:53
    29.5 mi
    7.6 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft

    Kennis en dieptezicht in de MIJNENSLAG - juni 1917 is een themafietsroute langs knooppunten door het Heuvellandschap en de Vredesstad Ieper.

    

    Intro: “De ondergrondse oorlogsvoering tijdens Wereldoorlog 1 was een race tegen de tijd én tegen de dood ... . Wie kon als eerste de vijandige posities ondergraven

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    Sanctuary Wood Cemetery

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    Thank you CANADIANS for your courage and perseverance!
    On June 2, 1916, fierce battles were fought between Germans and Canadians for this place, which was relatively quiet at the beginning of the war. The Germans could have captured the strategically important hill. Hilltops were very important locations because they provided a view of the terrain. On June 13, this hilltop was recaptured by the Canadians after fierce battle. This hilltop remained in the possession of the Canadians from then on. The trench complex was improved and further expanded with underground constructions.
    When you visit this location, it is best to wear waterproof footwear.
    Definitely do is the subterranean corridor on the site.
    At the end of the trench system you have a beautiful view of the city of Ypres. When at this point you realize how important hilltops were in the frontline.
    Do not forget to visit the nearby cemetery = around the Cross of Sacrifice are the graves of the first fallen (= front cemetery).

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    Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery is the impressive witness of more than four years of war violence. The largest evacuation hospital in the Ypres Salient was located in the hamlet of Lijssenthoek from 1915 to 1920. Today the cemetery reflects the Great War. The visitor center tells the story of this unique site.Lijssenthoek Visitor Center photo taken by Michaël Depestele

    The story of Remy Siding, a group of evacuation hospitals that made history, both military and medical.
    The story of Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, largest hospital cemetery, 10 784 graves, 30 nationalities.The timeline, with a graph of the cemetery, placed in the context of the Great War, of the events and non-events in the Ypres Salient, Poperinge and Lijssenthoek.info panel Remy Siding
    Search the database for a name, a regiment, a battalion. Find the exact location of a headstone. Browse the diaries of the hospitals. View the slideshows, the donations and archaeological objects. Feel the atmosphere of the coming and going of trains.
    Source: lijssenthoek.be/nl/pagina/160/visitorscentrum.html

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    'ComingWorldRememberMe' was the visual art project within GoneWest, the cultural program of the Province of West Flanders for the commemoration of WWI. The project was developed by vzw Kunst and Koen Vanmechelen.During the five commemorative years, from 2014 to 2018, workshops and experience workshops were organized with the aim of making 600,000 clay sculptures. Each statue represents one of the victims who lost their lives in Belgium during WWI. 150,000 individual participants made one or more statuettes. The proceeds went to charities in Africa. The 600,000 figurines were placed by volunteers and groups in the no man's land in the Palingbeek from February 2018. Construction took almost two months.Between March 30 and November 11, 2018, visitors could view the 3-hectare installation. The expo '600,000 figurines - 600,000 names' could count on about 213,5000 visitors. After November 11, 400,000 figurines were distributed to the visitors and the makers of the figurines. The small figurines that flowed from the egg were not divided.The large primeval egg, which stood in the middle of no man's land during the commemoration years, is once again central to this location.
    The figurines roll out of the primeval egg, in an organic way, almost as if during a birth.
    The whole forms the world map, in which all continents are connected to each other. The figurines themselves form the pedestal. They support each other, stand on each other's shoulders, the big ones support the small ones.
    Definitely worth hitting the pause button here.The new installation is located in a green zone, located along the driveway to the car park in the Palingbeekstraat.

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    First of all, it is recommended that you first visit the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery Visitor Center. This visit is FREE.
    When you visit, you immediately get an idea of how grand and important this location on the Western Front has been.
    After your visit, walk along the street to the cemetery. This way you pass a timeline in the form of rusty poles '14 - '18. These posts refer to the number of deaths per day during the entire war period. If you pay close attention or search, you can find the major offensives in the timeline. Unfortunately, this resulted in an increase in the death toll that particular day or the following days. Once you're in the cemetery, you'll be overwhelmed by the amount of tombstones of those who didn't make it. In that sense, this cemetery reflects the bustle and bustle of a hospital. The nearby hospitals had thousands of beds. Fortunately, many made it... Really worth a visit and to see the consequences of a mad war. We were personally touched by the 2 last deceased in the hospital on 07/11/1918 & 11/11/1918. These dates happen to be our birthday so many years later. The dead are even buried side by side. This discovery still gives a strange feeling. Or coincidence???
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    Site Lange Max

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    A unique site where you can discover the story of Lange Max.
    The accompanying Lange Max Museum gives you a unique experience and insight along the German side. A must for anyone interested in WW1.
    This museum is UNIQUE in Flanders. It sheds light on the daily life of German soldiers and their dealings with the civilian population. The enormous logistical apparatus behind warfare is explained in detail. The story of Lange Max is very interesting and can only be experienced there. In other words, a small but a TOP museum that should certainly not be missing in the entire WW1 story. The entrance fee is democratic and the audio support is certainly recommended. The accompanying cafeteria is a cozy place to muse over a delicious cup of coffee or Kanonbier. THIS MUSEUM IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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    Saint-Charles de Potyze Cemetery

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    Tyne Cot Cemetry

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    Before visiting Tyne Cot Cemetery, it is best to set aside some time to get acquainted with the reception building – experience space.Visitors are introduced to the horror of the Battle of Passchendaele in various educational ways. Tyne Cot Cemetery is the largest British military cemetery on mainland Europe.

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    Talbot House 1915 - ?

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    Talbot House, everyone welcome with payment 😜
    I visited Talbot House a long time ago when it was still free. Now the location has been expanded with a museum that is very interesting and worthwhile. Don't forget the top floor, where theater used to be played by soldiers. Now you get the opportunity to experience this again. Once you are outside the museum building you enter Talbot Garden = an oasis of peace within the center of Poperinge. On the other side of the museum building there is another small building that is also used as an exhibition space. Also worth the effort. In the Talbot House you will be welcomed by English hospitality. Reception with tea, which you can enjoy inside or on the terrace when the weather is nice. Be sure to look at the front door. On the right is a frame against the wall with an overview map of the front line. During the war period, many visitors to the Talbot House here shared their experiences with other fellow sufferers. The dark spots on the map indicate where fierce battles were fought several times. Don't forget to visit the very top floor. A steep wooden staircase takes you to a contemplation room. Hundreds of thousands have preceded you during the war years. Witness to this are the worn steps of the stairs. Enter these with all dignity. The Talbot House is still today a place of tranquility in our hectic world. And you can relax there, inside or certainly at the back of the garden. Enjoy it.

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    In various kiosks you can learn everything about the past and present of Provincial Domain De Palingbeek.
    Take your time and delve into the troubled history of the stubborn canal.

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    Sculptuur Remember Me

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    The bronze egg, the ultimate carrier of the 600,000 dog tags (killed in Flanders Fields during the Great War) is symbolically protected by a nest of bronze claws.'Remember Me' is a work of art by Koen Vanmechelen.
    More info on site.

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    A covered location where you can hear the full story of The Bluff in an audiovisual way. This location is also an entry point for the walk “Ypres-salient – South”. Discover how the landscape was mutilated by the war machine on this narrow, artificially raised ridge from 19th century excavations for the Ypres-Komen canal. The intended canal was never realized due to circumstances in the 19th century. Today on this site, better known as 'The Bluff', you can still discover the scars of the Great War. This was the only place on the Flemish front where the Allies and not the Germans occupied the higher positions.
    The Bluff is a place at the front where the landscape has suffered greatly.
    The Bluf is one of the most dramatic war landscapes in Flanders Fields, with many craters, large and small.

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    At this location you have a beautiful view of a strip of No Man's Land.
    As a landscape landmark for the first front lines, 140 tall trees were planted along the front line in Flemish fields. The Memorial Trees are always equipped with a metal tree basket. The concrete planting sites were determined after scientific research based on aerial photography and map research.
    At this location you will clearly recognize a number of red and blue memorial trees on the edge of No Man's Land
    More info on: App Ypres Salient 1914-1918 Trees Red and blue
    To recognize the memorial trees, they were fitted with a metal tree basket. These are each provided with a sober color signal, based on the color use of the Allied frontline maps. Beam baskets on the British front line will have a blue top edge, the beam baskets on the German front line a red top edge. On each hive you will find an information board with a historical aerial photo and the location of the concrete front line.
    Source: flandersfields.be/nl/inspiratie/herdenkingsbomen-ieper

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    Spoilbank Cemetery

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    The name of this cemetery comes from the excavated earth (spoil banks) from the Ypres to Komen canal, which was used for the banks of this canal. However, this channel was never used. This cemetery was also called Chester Farm Lower Cemetery or Gordon Terrace Cemetery. It was used from February 1915 to March 1918, mainly for the burial of soldiers of the 2nd Suffolks Regiment who fell in the defense of The Bluff (a heavily fought-over part of the front on the Ypres-Komen Canal, close to this cemetery). After the war, victims from the surrounding fields were interred.There are now 520 soldiers buried including 436 British (of which 113 could not be identified), 68 Australians (of which 6 could not be identified) and 16 Canadians (of which 6 could not be identified). Special Memorials[1] were erected for 11 dead because their graves could no longer be located and are believed to lie beneath unnamed gravestones. These gravestones are placed to the left and right of the entrance.We Will Remember Theme

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    In the corner of the Grote Markt you can find the 'Free Fatherland Experience Center' in the City and Country House. Unlike other museums, this museum does not focus on the battlefields, but on the last small piece of free Belgium that remained, the so-called 'Belgian Sector'. From here Albert I, the then King of the Belgians, managed to hold out against the German occupier.
    Vrij Vaderland tells the story behind the front, daily life in this last piece of unoccupied territory. Discover how Veurne and its surroundings suddenly had to deal with a melting pot of people; soldiers - both from their own country and from abroad -, doctors, nurses, but also refugees ended up here.
    WWI museum: Experience center 'Free Fatherland, life behind the front'
    The experience center presents this story in an atmospheric scenography using both modern media and traditional exhibition techniques.
    Definitely worth a visit and a dive into the past.
    More info at vrijvaderland.be

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    Larch Wood is derived from a larch grove that was just south of the cemetery. Tunnels were dug in this area as shelters, which in 1917 were used as headquarters and medical posts.
    The cemetery is accessible via a 160 m country road and a railway crossing. From the entrance there is an 80 m grass path to the part with the graves. In the axis of this access path, on the southwestern wall is the Cross of Sacrifice and opposite the Stone of Remembrance, flanked by two brick shelters.
    857 dead are commemorated, including 321 unidentified.
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  • Tours
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  • Highlights
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  • Distance
    95.4 mi
  • Duration
    11:45 h
  • Elevation
    3,275 ft

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