The Thin Blue Line

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Langemarck German Cemetery

This cemetery is in the Ypres Salient and contains 44,992 burials concentrated from many small cemeteries. At the rear is a sculpture of four mourning figures by Professor Emil Krieger. Flat stones mark the many burials and the men are buried as many as eight or more to a grave. The central mass grave of 25,000 men is planted with flowering shrubs.

In the north wall are the remains of German blockhouses. It was here that Private Frederick Dancox of the 4th Bn., Worcester Regiment won a Victoria Cross when he forced the surrender of the occupants by walking in the back door carrying a mills bomb in his hand.