"Poelkapelle and a tribute to a flight pioneer" Poelkapelle by Pavlik_NL

Poelkapelle Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 14 photos

About too young soldiers and G. Guynemer

Poelkapelle is a small village in West Flanders and forms a double manucipality with Langemark (see other page). The agricultural surroundings and peaceful village core do disguise the troubles that were here during World War 1, the Great War. This was until 1917 German territory and part of occupied Belgium. Near to the frontline it was barely inhabited by the original citizens. germans made here their fieldhospitals and some leisure and relaxation possibilities for soldiers on leave from the tranches. Here one of the biggest aces of the air has probably crashed. A pioneer to war flights: Georges Guynemer.

One of the saddest places in Flanders Fields

Now-a-days Poelkapelle has a few allied cemetries in it's vicinity. On one you will find the youngest victim of the nationalistic fanatic spirit that surrounded the war to end all wars. At the British Cemetry lays John Condon, a silent grave covered in small wooden crosses with the typical red poppy on it. A poem in plastic to keep from the rain is left by someone who understood how tragic this, and all of this, actually is. Poor Johnny was 14 years old when a bullet of the enemy took his life. ... ... ...

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