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Messines Ridge

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Messines Ridge

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Shore Battlefield tour from Zeebrugge and Dunkirk to Messines and south of Ypres

See these places off the beaten tracks our guides will make WW1 comprehensive.<br><br>You will stand on the places where history was written and where soldiers of World War 1 suffered four years long.
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Patricia G wrote a review Feb 2020
Worcester, United Kingdom901 contributions236 helpful votes
The day we visited Messines Ridge there was a howling gale and intermittent pouring rain. Not good for sightseeing, you might think? On the contrary, it provided an authentic firsthand taste of what it must have been like for soldiers, fighting and trying to survive in the quagmire battlefields around Ypres. This is an important site and there is still plenty of evidence of the terrific series of mine explosions which blew vast craters across the countryside. So powerful were they that the tremors were felt as far away as London. As you survey the sweep of the land around here, it is not hard to imagine the opposing forces ranged against each other, laying waste to the landscape with a rain of shells
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Date of experience: February 2020
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AJJP1 wrote a review May 2019
Appleby, United Kingdom509 contributions144 helpful votes
Hard to imagine that nothing remained. The sheer brutality. The destruction. Their pain on both sides.
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Date of experience: May 2019
NomadicKiwi1 wrote a review Jan 2019
North Shore, New Zealand172 contributions74 helpful votes
My partner and I visited Messines (Mesen) because of its connection to New Zealand from when the NZ Troops took back the city during WW1. As a New Zealander I felt it was important to pay my respects here. In the main square there is a New Zealand Soldier Statue and a Christmas Truce Statue. There is also a fascinating Free Information Centre / Museum with photos and videos of WW1 Soldiers in the area at the time and a collection of personal artefacts from a Kiwi Soldier (There is a Public Toilet located next to the Museum which was appreciated as it was difficult to find these in the area on a journey around the WW1 sites) The Church of Saint Nicolas is worth a visit (although the crypt where Hitler was treated during the war has a very uneasy feel to it) There is also a memorial outside honouring the connection between Belgium and New Zealand and information about a Kiwi Soldier awarded a VC. We then travelled down 'New Zealand Street' to the NZ Memorial which (appropriately) had ferns and native Toetoe growing around it. There was also a detailed map outlining how the Kiwis took back the city and two German pillboxes still standing. Our last stop was Messine Ridge (NZ Memorial) and Cemetery up on the Hill which has a NZ Memorial to the Missing and many soldiers from the different countries buried side by side. This also provides a good viewpoint of the Messines Ridge Area so you can see the challenge the Men faced. As we left the Cemetery it started to snow, which felt very poignant and appropriate. I would highly recommend a visit to Messines to all New Zealanders - the personal connection to our country and the respect still shown to the Kiwis here is a very moving thing to behold. Lest We Forget.
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Date of experience: December 2018
Phil C wrote a review Nov 2018
7 contributions1 helpful vote
I stayed three nights here and walked in every direction right through to Ploegsteert and back via the site of Christmas truce.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Nicholas H wrote a review May 2018
London, United Kingdom20,637 contributions899 helpful votes
We visited this small but really interesting museum as part of a three day Battlefields tour. The main feature is a display of two sets of photographs, showing the town before and then after WW1. There's also a great Old Bill cartoon drawn by the character's creator, Bruce Bairnsfather on the back of an advertising hoarding. Very well worth visiting this.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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