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Battle of Polygon Wood
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New Zealand Ypres Day Tour from Arras
Ranked #3 of 6 things to do in Zonnebeke
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2012

When you see what it looked like after the battle and now it is very peaceful and as always the cemetery is beautifully looked after as they all are.

Visited April 2012
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“The Anzac Rest, not just for the Anzacs!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2011

Whilst planning a trip to take friends to Flanders for their first time I was looking for somewhere that did food on Sundays, not so easy in this part of Belgium, and close to somewhere I wanted to visit. The Anzac Rest by Polygon Wood met both criteria. You can walk straight into the wood from the restuarant or a two minute drive takes you to the Australian and New Zealand memorials. Johan, the owner is a source of considerable knowledge about the Great War and has been involved in it's history all his life as he was born in nearby Zonnebeke. Harrry Patch - the last of the Tommies - was a visitor and is remembered with great affection. When we visited in early November a wood fire was roaring in the grate, which was most welcome, the food is good and reasonably priced, with a wide choice of draught and bottled beers. I found this place almost by accident, but will make a point of visiting again next time I am in Flanders. In fact we went their twice in one day, once for lunch and then to get warm again after visiting the memorials!

Visited November 2011
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“This treasured memorial is a MUST see !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2009

The Polygon Wood Memorial of the Australian 5th Division lies deep in the forest along a country road located between Ypress and Zonnebeke in Belgium.

The land was given to Australia after WW1 for the fifth Division’s tribute to those who fought with between 1916 – 1918 in France and Belgium.

The moment you step outside your car and walk slowly through the forest path to the Memorial you are totally overwhelmed with a sense of utter sadness. The path leads you to a large Memorial with steps up to view the hundred’s of graves that are dotted in straight rows most only have etched on them “ A solider of the Great War “ on their headstones. Others, names carry a heavy burden with ages between 19 and 26.

As I walked around the grounds I was overcome with a pure feeling of serenity and peacefulness. It’s was a totally spiritual feeling which is almost intangible and unimaginable to describe. The knowledge that these men can never come home is a sadness which lies deep in most Australians souls and thoughts ; our true heroes.

As an Australian this precious and treasured memorial is a MUST see on any Australian / New Zealander’s list.

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