Visit In Flanders' Fields in 2018

Ten reasons to commemorate the end of the Great War at Flanders' Fields

 

In 2018 we commemorate the end of the First World War, a war to end all wars. In Flanders' Fields there's an exhibition about the archaeological findings not far away from Ypres and there is a lot to do and to see in the region of Ypres. There are many military cimeteries (Allied and German) and the trenches of Dixmude to visit.

It is worth reading the little brochure and the little article on the website of the Museum In Flanders' Fields:

Ten reasons to commemorate the centenary of the End of the Great War at Flanders' Fields


Exhibition Brussels, November 1918 From War to Peace?

BRUSSELS, NOVEMBER 1918 FROM WAR TO PEACE?

On 11 November 1918, the Great War ended. For Brussels, it was the end of an occupation that had lasted almost 50 months. How did the people of Brussels experience the end of the war, and what were the major challenges facing the city during this period?

Through historical photographs, film archives and objects of the time, the trilingual exhibition plunges us into the turmoil characteristic of Brussels in 1918. The city was caught between the management of public health problems, the accommodation of refugees, the return of soldiers and people from exile and the need to establish social peace and organise a new democracy.

This exhibition is being organised by CEGESOMA/State Archives of Belgium as part of the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

Practical information :

Exhibition at the BelVue Museum from september 26th 2018 till january 6th 2019.

Victory 1918

Victory 1918 by Mirrorpix

 

11 o’clock on the morning of 11 November 1918 heralded the end of a frightful era of bloody fighting and loss that affected every corner of the globe. However, upon the signing of the Armistice, sadness and mourning was briefly set aside to celebrate the close of the final chapter of this ‘war to end all wars’. While on the front lines, some spontaneous fraternisation did happen, the prevailing response was muted by sheer exhaustion; meanwhile, back home families rejoiced at the prospect of their men returning home – of there being a brighter future for their children. Here, using Mirrorpix’s formidable archive of contemporary images, we see fantastic scenes of jubilation, relief and homecoming, as well as commemoration of those lost and hints of what the future might hold.

MIRRORPIX, Victory 1918 Celebrating the Armistice in photographs, London, The History Press, 2018

Tank hunter

Tank Hunter by Craig Moore

This new little book is a fine guide to the tanks of the First World War. For each tank (British, French, German, American and Russian), you will find a historic description, illustrations and technical details. In this book you will also find the locations of every known preserved tank from World War I. After the story of the tanks, the author goes to summarise the principal battles in which tanks were used. A very highly recommended book.

MOORE (Craig), Tank hunter World War One, London, The History Press, 2017, 240 pages

The Western Front 1914 - 1918

The Western Front: Battlefields, Memorials and Cemeteries of the First World War by Marcel Belley

One of the rare books about the First World War that visually explores the efforts of the major combatants to remember the fallen along the entire length of the old Western Front. The area of Belgium and northern France that was the Western Front is a place like no other. In a line running seven hundred kilometers from the English Channel to the Swiss border the horrors of industrialised war consumed men by the millions for over four years. When the War finally ended, entire societies were in shock and the ensuing outpouring of grief can be seen today in the countless cemeteries and memorials that dot the landscape. Much has been written of the British experience and the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission including the major architects of national memorials, but little material can be found regarding the American, French and German sites. In 2013 Marcel and a friend travelled the entire length of the Western Front. The images he captured tell an amazing story and the chapters of the book are organised in such a way as to help the reader to understand the stupendous efforts of the nations involved to remember their fallen.

BELLEY (Marcel), The Western Front : Battelefields, Memori&als and Cemeteries of the First World War, London, Unicorn Publishing org., 2017, 220 pages

The Vanquished. Why the First World War failed to end, 1917-1923

The Vanquished.Why the First World War Failed to End, 1917-1923/ Robert Gerwarth

'A breathtaking, magisterial panorama, telling the epic story of post-war anarchy, dying empires and rising nation states. It makes us rethink our understanding of Europe's twentieth century' David Motadel, The Times Literary Supplement

For the Western allies 11 November 1918 has always been a solemn date - the end of fighting which had destroyed a generation, and also a vindication of a terrible sacrifice with the total collapse of their principal enemies: the German Empire, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire. But for much of the rest of Europe this was a day with no meaning, as a continuing, nightmarish series of conflicts engulfed country after country. In this highly original, gripping book Robert Gerwarth asks us to think again about the true legacy of the First World War.

'Lucid, incisive and packed with fascinating details' Financial Times, Books of the Year

'Important and timely ... obliges us to reconsider a period and a battlefront that has too often been neglected' Margaret MacMillan, The New York Times Review of Books

'This narrative of continent-wide chaos performs a valuable service by chronicling the postwar turmoil of Europe ... helps us understand why few wars reach tidy conclusions' Max Hastings, Sunday Times

'Reminds us, in vivid and often shocking detail, that only some countries saw killing end on the 11th day of the 11th month ... leaves a sense of foreboding for our own time' Robert Tombs, The Times

GERWARTH, Robert, The Vanquished. Why the First World War failed to end, 1917-1923, London, Penguin books Ltd, 2017, 464 pages

Fashion & Freedom

One of the most radical changes at home during the war was the huge change in women's lives and work. With the men away fighting, more than one million women went to work for the first time during the war years – in munitions factories and on the buses, driving ambulances and even 'manning' the London Underground. These new responsibilities gave women new freedoms – and they also led to a new look, as tight corsets and heavy skirts were replaced by more natural and fluid silhouettes. A century later, this era has inspired Fashion & Freedom, an ambitious, multi-faceted exhibition that examines the fashion legacy of the First World War for the 21st century.

From 13/5/2016 > 27/11/2016, Manchester Art Gallery

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