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Hill 60 in ZILLEBEKE / IEPER

Hill 60 ZILLEBEKE / IEPER picture
Picture by Johan De Bock




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Johan De Bock (translated by us): 'The English called this Hill60 (60 stands for the height). It is part of the hieght of Wijtschate.

This is NOT a natural hill though: is was a place where the earth was thrown which came from the canal Ypres-Komen.

On Decmber 10th, 1914, it was taken by the Germans (like most of the hills around Ypres). The English dug a mine gang under the hill, and caused it to explode on April 17th, 1915. The large crater caused by this can still be recognized in the landscape.

After further heavy battles, it ended up in English hands.

The bunker on the hill is made by both armies: on top the German basis, the English added their own bunker. You can see this from the construction: the Germans used sticks for the framing, the English corrugated sheets.

Under the hill, still several soldiers are burried (they were just never escavated). So you can call this a war graveyard. After the war, the trees grew upon the hill, giving them some impressive monument. '



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