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The largest Commonwealth military cemetery in the world is called Tyne Cot, and is a 10minute drive (or 2hour walk) from the centre of Ypres in Belgium. In 1917 however it took months of battling in horrendous weather for the allies…
A mysterious megalithic stone circle deep in La Forêt de Soignes just outside Brussels. Could it be the little Belgian brother of the famous Stonehenge in England?
On November 11th 1918, at 11 a.m., the First World War came to an end. What happened that day in Belgium? And what did the date mean afterwards? Here are 11 facts about 11th November 1918 in Belgium.
The history of the Menin Gate and the Last Post, an overview of the 2019 Remembrance Day events, and where to see the LEGO Menin Gate!
When the Flemish people returning to Flanders Fields after Armistice Day 1918, they were greeted by scenes of total devastation.
Why were poppies so numerous on the fields of Flanders? And how did they become the symbol of remembrance?
100 years ago this weekend saw the start of the Battle of Passchendaele. Here are four ways to remember.
Two walks that take you through the heart of Flanders Fields to some of the most poignant World War One cemeteries.
An exhibition at the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres focuses on the contribution of Canadian soldiers in the First World War
Talbot House in Poperinge is one of the most evocative First World War sites in Belgium. It was used by soldiers for rest and relaxation before returning to the Front. It’s still very much as it used to be 100 years ago.
Armistice Day 1918 marked the end of the First World War. We tend to think “phew, that was that!” and believe that people could finally get “back to normal”. But to the Flemish returning to Flanders Fields, they were greeted by desolation and danger. It marked the start of a huge clear-up of the devastated landscape.
The horror of war extends beyond the human tragedy. Over 8 million horses died during the First World War
What led to 16 million people losing their lives? And what were the key battles in Flanders, Belgium?
A post with a difference today. But still within the theme of “discovering Belgium”. I would like to draw your attention to a double exhibition called War and Trauma taking place in Ghent and Ypres that focuses on the physical and mental consequences of war, from the First […]
A powerful exhibition of Trench Art at the In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres, by British sculptor Stephen Hurst, refocuses our minds on the tragedy of war.