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Review of Langemark Cemetery

Langemark Cemetery
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Owner description: german WW1 cemetery
Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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“Sobering”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

A complete contrast to Tyne-Cot. Sad and poignant. Austere and sobering. A must for anyone interested in WW1?

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Should be much better known and well worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

Having spent a few days visiting allied cemeteries and memorials we really wanted to experience a german war cemetery and pay our respects.

They say that in death all are equal and yet there is very little comparison between the beautiful pristine.sparkling british cemeteries dotted around northern france and the brooding darkness of their german counterparts.

Set in a wood, the sight of a simple barked area containing some 25,000 soliders in a mass grave was shocking and profound. The gravestones themselvs are simple dark headstones laid flat on the grass each in remembrance of at least 3-4 soldiers, some up to 15 or more. Somwhere I have heard that around three quarters of WW1 german soldiers dont have a marked grave and Langemark realy brings this home.

At the entrance there are several screens showing various documentaries and images which were very interesting and gave some useful background.

If you are doing a tour of WW1 sites, then Langemark and the other big german war cemetery at Neuville St Vaast should defintley be on your itinery as they really do show a different side to remembrance that is just as powerful and moving as the better known allied memorials.

Visited October 2012
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Langemark Cemetery - somber homage to the defeated”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2012

After visiting Tyne Cot Cemetery, we felt compelled to pay our respects to the German fallen - the other victims to the murderous delusions of their leaders. The weather was grey and appropriately somber when we arrived. The unpretentious burial ground felt morose and heavy to me. Hitler was said to have visited this place (before the cemetery was finally consolidated into its present state), and it is said that this area is quite near to the front line where he was posted in WWI. Compared with this place, Tyne Cot was a celebration. Still, it was well worth a visit.

Visited April 2012
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Bochum, Germany
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“we will remember them”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2012

Langemark cemetery is the second-largest German military-cemetery of World War 1 in Flanders. Here nearly 45000 German soldiers who fell in Flanders between 1914 and 1918 found their eternal rest. Situated a few hundred yards north of the village of Langemark you find it on the left side of the road. North of the cemetery is a spacious carpark, from here you walk through a tunnel-like documentation-center to the entrance. You pass the entrance-hall, made of red Weser-Sandstone, on the left a room with a map of Belgium mentioning the names of old and new German war-cemeteries and on the right a room showing oak-panels with the names of fallen soldiers who were buried here before 1957. Entering the cemetery you stand in front of the"Kameradengrab", a mass-grave with the remains of nearly 25000 soldiers, who were buried here during the great reburying-campain in the 1950's. Two British soldiers amongst them are mentioned on a panel on the first stele to the left.
On this steles are the names of ca.17000 fallen, who could be identified later by the Volksbund.
Behind the mass-grave you see a group of four soldiers, a pieta made by the German artist Prof. Emil Krieger.
In the shade of oak-trees you see inumerous tomb-slabs with up to twenty names on it. On the right side of the cemetery is an elevated part, here are the graves of soldiers, who were reburied in the 50's from smaller cemeteries or scattered graves. Here are also three renovated bunkers of the German frontline.
Going to Flanders for more than ten years now, having participated in different burial-ceremonies for German soldiers, who were found in Flanders in recent years, it is always a moving moment, to stand on this burdensome place.
Compared with British cemeteries this place is dark, depressing and sad. But maybe, it's a way to express the horrors and absurdity of war.

Visited November 2011
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