Langemark German War Cemetery
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September 28th, 2007 – by: andytite
The graves are plain, black marble on the ground. My guide told me because the German's weren't allowed crosses or regalia as they'd lost and they were the bad guys. In the centre, in an area the size of a penalty box of an average football pitch, 25,000 German corpses lay. 25,000. That's not being victorious, that's not showing respect. Men on both sides died for causes they didn't understand, and they all served their country. This to me, seemed a bit like an insult. It made the place feel oppressive, and unhappy. I was pleased to see it, but happy to leave as my mind was troubled afterwards. No glory in war here.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not apologising for the Germans. It's just this place seemed to be rubbing the triumph in a little too much.
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