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for god (whichever)
for king (whichever)
for country (whichever)
- they died for a muddy football field

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This is another picture shot at the Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof of Langemark near Ypres. Here lie more than 44,000 young German men, some known, about half of them unidentified. Because of the extremely young age of many of the fallen, this war cemetry is also known as the 'Studentenfriedhof', the Students' Cemetry.

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In Flanders fields around Ypres
the territory conquered during the Great War
was almost as big as the size
of the cemmetries.

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I find the Langemark cemetry so impressive, precisely because of its lack of heroism.
And also because of the morbid role its myth played in nazi ideology (see yesterday's post).

"To you, from failing hands, we throw
the torch, be yours to hold it high"

...and more of that old lie

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These are some of the names of the soldiers
whose remains lie in the cemetry's mass grave.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1537 W: 34 N: 2214] (13566)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-04-20
  • Categories: Artwork
  • Camera: Nikon D40
  • Exposure: f/32, 1/30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-05-21 5:53
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