|Formaat||23 x 23|
|Taal||English, Dutch, French|
This book tells the story of the Kemmelberg landscape and the surrounding villages Kemmel, Loker and Dranouter and their residents, with the Kemmelberg and its lookout tower as main characters. The belvedere was built for the first tourists at the end of the 19th century to marvel at the fantastic view. At the beginning of the Great War, this scenic hilly landscape however proved to be the perfect site for warfare. The population fled the area and the once so spectacular and beloved vista was soon transformed into a dreadful warzone. The destroyed belvedere became a viewing point for British soldiers and the hill itself a point of reference for every soldier in the area. As the battle progressed, the mountain was conquered and reconquered and village after village was devastated. After the war, churches and houses resurrected. Farms, fields and meadows brought back colour to the landscape. Nature revived in forests and streams. From the new lookout tower this beautiful landscape, albeit completely different from that of 1914, can be admired again. Today, the Kemmelberg is known as an area of outstanding natural beauty, even though the scars of war are never far away.
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