Beside visiting the town, we will discover:
- St. George’s Memorial Church. The interior contains many poignant memorials, among them that of Sir John French, commander of the British Expeditionary Force.
- In Flanders Fields Museum. This innovative museum opened in 1998, retraces the history of W.W.I, in a most compelling way. The museum pays particular attention to the experiences of ordinary people, evoking the terrible trench warfare end everyday life behind the front.
- Tyne Cot Military Cemetery. In the Third Battle of Ypres, the British – mostly Australians and Canadians – paid for an advance of 8km/5mi towards the ruined village of Passendale with almost 400.000 casualties. The cemetery here is the Largest Commonwealth War Cemetery anywhere, with 11.856 tombstones.
Diksmuide: In October/November 1914 it was one of the strategic points in the Battle of the Ijzer when the Belgian and French units put up heroic resistance to the German advance. The bombardments were so intense that the town disappeared from the face of the earth. In Diksmuide, we will discover the famous “Dodengang”. For four years, Belgian soldiers resisted the German advance in these dug-outs, which became known as the “Trench of Death”. Visitors can walk through the two long trenches, in which the sandbagged parapets have been faithfully reproduced in concrete.
Veurne - (Furnes): The principal historic buildings of this charming little town are grouped around its magnificent market square. Their characteristic Flemish sumptuousness is tempered by a touch of Spanish solemnity. In 1914, during the Battle of the Ijser (Yser), Veurne was the headquarter of the Belgian army. We will end our tour in Ypres, at the Menin Gate. This most important British memorial of the First World War, It commemorates the names of 54.896 soldiers who have no known grave. It stands on the site of the old Menenpoort, the gateway guarding the road from the little Town of Menen to the East. This was the route taken by countless thousands of soldiers marching to and from the front line.
Every evening at 8pm, traffic stops and the buglers of the Ypres fire brigade sound The Lasy Post.
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