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Out of respect and gratitude, until the 11th of November,I will upload images, relevant to these historic events. We CAN NEVER FORGET! We owe them our present freedom!
The Corridors of Death.
In West Flanders, some places have a special emotional value and are preserved as a memorial place.
This heritage must deliver, the message to the young generations: " To remember is to endeavour for peace".
Near Diksmuide, towards the coast, is a narrow strip of land alongside the Yser (IJzer) river, where you will find the only remaining trenches of the Belgian Front from WWI.
An exceptional site that is a place of enormous human suffering.
Let's not forget the fallen. The memory of their sacrifice should help us to create a world of justice and peace!
I translate the trenches into The 'Corridors of Death'.
Trenches are not dug but built at night with sandbags, wood or other material.
The German artillery bombards the Belgian trenches incessantly, killing many soldiers and causing damage that must be repaired every night to maintain defensible positions for the next day.
The soldiers know that the enemy is only a few dozen meters away.
The stretcher-bearers can not stand upright in the trench without being shot down.
They have to drag the victims through the trenches and try to get to the first dressing station where a physician is present.
The 'Boyau de l' Yser' as it was registered with the topographic maps in the beginning, changes names quickly. The Belgian soldiers of various units who have been there, rename it the 'Boyau de la Mort' ( Trenches of Death ), a name that the trench has earned.
The staff officers take the new name and now include it on the maps.
Walking through these narrow corridors built out of sandbags, now petrified, cannot leave you untouched. The eternal coastal wind seems like the whispering of a thousand voices. Here and there you encounter a 'dugout' with a loophole, and it goes on and on. The greyness of the walls only broken by a few trembling blades of grass and the odd splashes of red from forlorn poppies, the ever sad reminder...
Thank you for your visit, M, (*_*)
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