The Hürtgenwald has been a place of nasty fighting during World War II. Numerous people, especially the Americans who were brought to liberation, lost their lives there. There are different opinions as to why this place bears this name. This is a possible source:
"In Todtenbruch the inexperienced in the forest fight American (sic) suffer heavy losses, as they run in vain against the well-built bunker positions of the Germans here. It is believed that in this area still missing soldiers rest, but probably never found by the marshy terrain Thus, the name "death break" is of particular importance. "
komm-mit-wandern.de/huertgenwald.htmlThere are other sources that attribute the name "death break" to the moor and its less nutritious soil.
In short: A historically exciting place that's for sure, but a nice place is not!
The 4.5 km long nature trail leads, among other things, on a 700 meter long boardwalk directly over the sensitive soils and through the source area of the Weisse Wehe. The nature trail also touches the ecologically particularly valuable moor areas of the Todtenbruch.
The aim is to bring visitors closer to the characteristics of the floor, its different shapes, its sensitivity and the need for protection. Every season is equally suitable for a visit to the nature trail, as the raised bog and the surrounding landscape show a different and interesting face each time.
The Todtenbruch is the northeastern foothill of the High Fens. These were old forest areas, which - together with the surrounding areas - were planted with coniferous wood around 1830. Drainage ditches were dug to create suitable living conditions for the spruce. After the Second World War, parts of the area were cleared and converted into agricultural land. The core area of the Todtenbruch was reforested with Sitka spruce and red spruce. (Source: Eifel.info)