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Bouwen aan het front / Building the Front : Duitse Militaire Constructies Uitgelicht / German Military
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As the German front line moved towards Ypres during World War I, the village of Zonnebeke, Belgium, became an important tactical area for the war. With military operations fairly limited in Flanders in 1916, German troops focused on making Zonnebeke a defensive network of seven lines with pioneer troops and conscripted civil laborers constructing machine gun nests, bunkers, and concrete shelters. With Building the Front, Kristof Blieck and Jan Vancoillie examine this crucial period of the war, offering unique insight into the construction of the German front line and defensive positions in Zonnebeke and Ypres. Marking the 2017 centenary of the Third Battle of Ypres, this book accompanies an exhibition at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele. In minute detail, Building the Front explores the types of hideouts and shelters constructed, the methods used to build them, the locations of underground bunkers and machine gun posts, and the creation of false trenches and painted doors used to mislead Allied air reconnaissance.
Number of Pages: 88
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Kristof Blieck & Jan Vancoillie
Street Date: May 15, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-45-1835
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