WW1 Photos Centenary Website: 2014-2018 By Paul Reed

Battlefields in WW2: Germans at the Menin Gate 1940

The ground around Ypres became a battlefield once more in May 1940 as the German Blitzkrieg pushed the British Expeditionary Force back towards the French coast around Dunkirk. Many German units passed through Ypres and these photographs show men from a German Field Artillery unit which had just been in action near Ypres visiting the Menin Gate just after the fighting in 1940. The number of photos of Germans visiting the Menin Gate in 1940 are quite staggering, and there must have been an awareness of not just what it was but what it stood for.

The Menin Gate 1940

2 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Joshua Lisec.

    21/01/2013 at 13:11

  2. Warren

    Not surprised. The CDN gov’t at the time was afraid the German’s were going to knock down the Vimy Memorial, but Hitler paid a personal visit to the site with German press following showing his favour in keeping it intact.

    22/01/2013 at 00:32

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