A former military firing range becomes a battlefield.
The once beautiful forest has been replanted twice over the years. Because of the great war it was recreated in a mud flat with only the Buttes sticking out above it. The Germans have expanded this landscaped hill into a fortified place. The recapture of the Buttes was a challenge for the Australians at the end of September 1917, but with success. A front cemetery was built on this site during the German occupation. In the autumn of 1917 this place was shared with the British fallen. Now 1422 fallen are buried there. The forest (… or the place where the forest stood was replanted afterwards). The second time that the forest was felled was during WWII. The trees were then used as a beach obstacle (asparagus piles from Rommel) in the Atlantic Wall. The forest was replanted after WWII. Finally, in 1955 the German casualties were exhumed and transferred to a collective cemetery. Now there is still one German soldier buried in this cemetery. Don't forget to visit the front cemetery across the street.
Still a very special place. Today you can still walk in the woods and contemplate the nonsense of war.
Parking is possible within walking distance (100 m) from the site.
September 15, 2022
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