When the Flemish people returning to Flanders Fields after Armistice Day 1918, they were greeted by scenes of total devastation.
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.
What led to 16 million people losing their lives? And what were the key battles in Flanders, Belgium?
A wonderful photo book of the Flemish war sites
If you want to visit the key World War One battlefields around Ypres, you can always do it yourself, but enlisting the help of one of the many specialist tour guides available is a good idea.