Langemark Cemetary and Hitlers WWII visit

Updated May 23 2007; August 23 2011

Langemark was the scene of very heavy fighting during WW1.  The Germans suffered very heavy losses during the First Battle of Ypres.
There are more then 44000 soldiers buried at this cimetary.  25000 are in a mass grave.
During WWII on June 1 1940 Hitler went to the Flemish WWI front and one of his visits was this cimetary.
It was here that he met General der Infanterie Viktor von Schwedler of the IV Armeekorps.

Langemark was also the name used by the 27th SS Freiwilligen Panzergrenadier Division ( Langemark Flamische 1st Division ).

Special thanks to Eddy Lambrecht for providing new pictures.
When mentioned pictures are © 2011 Eddy Lambrecht.

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The Langemark German Cemetary or 'Der Studentenfriedhof' entrance along the road.
Right: Same place approximately.  Picture probably taken between May 26-June 1 1944.  Picture provided by Eddy Lambrecht.

The 'Mourning Soldiers' looking directly at the visitor.

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More than 16000 names from missing soldiers which were later identified on this cemetary are written on the wooden wall  at the main entrance.

Very different of a Commonwealth wargrave.

The four mourning soldiers.  A sculpture from Professor Emil Krieger.  It was inspired by the picture below.
The statues are very impressive.  Even on a cloudy day it is almost impossible to see their faces.

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The 'Kameraden Grab': A mass grave of 24917 soldiers.

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Hitler walking through the entrance. Exact the same fence now.
Behind Hitler: General der Infanterie Viktor von Schwedler

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Hitler interested in one particular stone: the one below.

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The Students' graves were Hitler and his followers are saluting  to.

Exact location isn't found(yet)

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3 WW1 bunkers in good condition.

The picture says May 1944, presumed to be taken prior to Hitler's visit on June 1 1944. Picture Eddy Lambrecht.

Another picture provided by Eddy Lambrecht.  Relaxed German WWII soldiers.
Langemark has been taken around May 26 1944 and the Belgian Army surrendered on May 28 so I believe these pictures must have been taken somewhere between May 28 - June 1 1944.

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