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The Great War

The Battle of the Dunes. Australians, Rhodesians, Brits and Scots in Nieuwpoort.

The Battle of the Dunes is a forgotten battlefield. At least that is how it is described in the brochure of a British travelling agency. Nieuwpoort played a role in the plans of the British summer offensive of 1917. The military objectives on paper were Oostende, Zeebrugge and Roeselare. Alas the Brits didn’t manage to get past Passendale with a loss of innumerous lives. In Nieuwpoort the Brits, Australians, New-Zealanders and Rhodesians were forced into the defense barely keeping hold on the city. Thanks to the Scots with their bagpipes and tunnels as counters to the mustard gas and planes the city was kept. The war cemeteries of Koksijde and St-Joris and the British monument to the lost are silent witnesses of these events.

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