In a Dutch forest along the border with Germany a route along former German trenches will be opened in January 2014.
The forest, called ‘het Bergherbos’ in Beek, which used to be on German soil during the war, houses about a kilometer of original trenchline.
As restitution for damages suffered from World War II the Netherlands were given this part of Germany in the 1960’s.
In 1917 bunkers and trenches were build inside the forest as the Germans feared that Holland would start co-operating with the Allies. Some 84 bunkers were build but now only the outlines of the trenches remain. The 1919 Treaty of Versailles said that Germany could have no military objects in the Rhineland so the bunkers were blown up.
A part of 50 meters is now being restored and will be open to the public from January 2014 with information boards and artworks placed along the route.
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