Flanders Fields fallen remembered

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Published: Tuesday 28th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Leaders and dignitaries from former First World War enemies are uniting to mark the centenary of the first big battle on the infamous Flanders Fields.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke at the event in Nieuwpoort of the “immeasurable sacrifice” the war caused and said all sides “cannot but be grateful for how much has changed since”.

The First World War claimed an estimated 14 million lives, including five million civilians and nine million soldiers. At least seven million troops were left permanently disabled.

The combatants dug in along a line of fortified trenches that extended from the North Sea to Switzerland – a front line that remained essentially unchanged throughout the war.

Published: Tuesday 28th October 2014 by The News Editor

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