"De Ijzertoren" Diksmuide Things to Do Tip by FilipDemuinck
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The "Yser Tower" in Diksmuide is a symbol of freedom and peace. It's a place to remind us all never ever to allow war again. The Flemish soldiers at the front were led by French speaking Officers and could not understand them. The Flemish were doomed and disadvantaged by the French Officers. The inscription on the Yser Tower, AVV-VVK means "Alles Voor Vlaanderen - Vlaanderen Voor Kristus" (Everything for Flanders - Flanders for Christ). From this historical background you can understand the current frictions in the cities around Brussels (Flanders) with language facilities for the French speaking.
The Yser Tower is 84m high, has 22 floors and is a museum in the memory of World War I. In 1914, the area of Diskmuide was put under water so that the allied troops could stop the German invaders. They held back the Germans for 4 years until the end of the war. During World War I, 10 million people died of which 1 million in this area. People didn't only die because of gun fire but also because of diseases in the trenches. The English soldiers were specialised in building underground Dugouts with sleeping corners, communication facilities and hospitals. A replica of such a Dugout can be visited in the Yser Tower.
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