Langemark German military cemetery

The German war cemetery of Langemarck, which contains the graves of about 44,000 dead Germans. The cemetery is dominated by sculptures of Emil Krieger representing a group of soldiers, with his helmet in his hands, watching over fallen comrades. The area has a special relevance within Germany because of a popular bulletin issued by the German high command during the first months of the war, on 11th November 1914: "To the west of Langemarck young regiments, accompanied by the singing of Deutschland, Deutschland über alles, attacked and conquered the first line of the enemy." The bloody battle and the subsequent report, gave rise to a myth characterized by the cult of the fallen heroes and youth mobilization for war. A myth which has been fully taken up by the National Socialist propaganda between the two world wars.