German War Cemetery, Langemark
While much is written about the British, Allied and Commonwealth casualties of war, in the Anglophone world we tend to overlook the fact that German forces suffered grievous losses too. Like our own men, these were ordinary young guys, too – sons, brothers, boyfriends, fathers, newly-weds – who would rather have been at home leading their everyday lives than fighting in the most disgusting and hopeless of conditions.
The German War Cemetery at Langemark, not far from Ypres, Belgium, is the resting place for more than 44,000 dead – including some 3,000 student volunteers. We remember them, too.