Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Trench of death, Diksmuide (Dodengang)

The trench of death is one of the last remaining trenches in the "westhoek" Flanders from World War I. In 1914, Belgium was almost completely taken by the German army until King Albert I gave the order to maintain the line of defence in Diksmuide. Soldiers continued fighting from the trenches over a period of 4 years. Only on this location 60.000 soldiers lost their lives (1km). During daytime the soldiers stayed in the trenches and at night they extended them closer towards the enemy. The German army was applying the same strategy from the other side. You can still visit 400m of the trenches.

De dodengang is een van de laatst overgebleven loopgravenstelsels in de westhoek uit Wereldoorlog I. Wanneer Belgie bijna volledig was ingenomen door het Duitse leger gaf koning Albert I de opdracht stand te houden in Diksmuide. Soldaten bleven vier jaar lang vechten in de loopgraven. Enkel op deze lokatie sneuvelden 60.000 soldaten (1km). Gedurende de dag werd er stand gehouden, en 's nachts verlengde men de loopgraven dichter naar de vijand toe. Het Duitse leger deed hetzelfde vanaf de andere zijde. Nu zijn er nog 400 meter loopgraven te bezichtigen.

Trench of death, Diksmuide (Dodengang)
Trench of death, Diksmuide (Dodengang)
Trench of death, Diksmuide (Dodengang)
Trench of death, Diksmuide (Dodengang)
Previous Flanders War article: The Yser Tower (Ijzertoren), Diksmuide

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2 comments:

  1. very interesting and scary!

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  2. I like the concept of the last photo...

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