Tours of WW1: Belgian "Trench of Death" #Germany #travel

This kilometer long network of revetments, saps and dug-outs was one of the most dangerous Belgian positions on the Western Front, situated just 50 meters from a German bunker. As a result, the trench was subjected to almost constant fire from the Germans.

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  1. Fun Fact.. Those Concrete sandbags.. Are just litterally sandbags filled with concrete to eternalize this piece of trench line as a memorial forever.

  2. I can't even imagine how noisy it was inside with rifles and MGs firing through those ports. I always wear ear pro when shooting and when I worked on or around noisy equipment, especially when I worked on Blackhawks.

  3. TBH if there was ever another war in Europe would all of these old ww2 and pre ww2 positions be reactivated and used or would the militarizes try to build new ones?

  4. The Plaquette at 7:18 is very interesting. Pity it is not mentioned. It reads: “ 2nd reg. Genie”. And some names like “Gaston Verlaet”.
    PS The river Yzer is pronaunced I-sur like first part of “I” (not the J-part) en Sur – first part of Surface.

  5. Tiny mispronounciation the belgian line is caled the dodengang witch is more trence of the dead and not trence of death what doodgang would be , but amazing to see nice work

  6. It amazes me how intricate these defences are, though what also amazes me is how close they are from friend to enemy, how did they do it? At night? Under cover fire? I suppose I need to look into that

  7. Lord, it was total insanity that it descended into this. There should have been peace talks once it was obvious that there was a stalemate. I can understand the allies defending themselves against German invasion, but it should have ended.

  8. My father told me he toured some of the WW1 battlefields during WW2 when he was serving in the Army. He was in Belgium so maybe this is what he saw. He also said there were areas that were off limits due to live munitions still around from WW1.

  9. Great stuff, Ian!! I'm glad a few pieces of the Great War have been preserved, particularly here. One can get the "view" of the war, and really understand what "Trench Warfare" meant!
    Just as a note:. My Mother had an issue of NatGeo (new) dated midyear, 1928-32 that had a article on WW I, ten, twelve years after. It was destroyed in a flood, but she read it and remembered the pictures, because of several family members in the war. It was a tough look, as it shows artillery, small arms, and flooded trenches in sections across Belgium, France, and on. She remembered that the author said it looked like the soldiers just packed up and walked away a few days ago. The civilians wouldn't go into the "Bois" as they died if they did. It's on NatGeo's master index. My Mom was born in 1918, and was 10-13 when NatGeo came in the mail.
    Just wanted to pass it along.

  10. I’m sure you know, but there was a VERY impressive network of miniature railroads (2ft gauge vs standard 4ft 8 1/2 in) used for transport of men and supplies, in some places actually in the trenches themselves. Both sides built them, Germans called them “Feldbahn” There’s a number of locomotives and cars preserved, some even in operational condition, in various places around the world.

  11. My greatgrandfather fought at the battle of the yser at dixmude. He served for two years before the war. The entire war in the trenches and two years after while occupying the Rhineland. The guy had to serve 8 years in the army when his service was supposed to be 2 years. He sacrificed the best years of his life for his country.

  12. What has long fascinated me is the problem of how did they make bunkers by casting concrete over metal reinforcements? If each was in sight of the other, why didn't they interfere with each others' defensive efforts.

  13. I know just how much Ian hates audio issues, so I'll just say – great job here! Interesting that the trenches are much higher now but it is good that the gov't preserved the site, so I guess that's a trade-oof that had to be taken. Thanks for the great video!

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