During World War I, it was an important battle site. It was taken on 25 April 1918 by Germans (during the Battle of the Lys). Several streets (Kemmel-Privatweg in Magdeburg) and barracks (Kemmelkaserne in Murnau, 1935) in Germany were named after this event. Friedrich Bertram Sixt von Armin and Prince Franz of Bavaria were commanders, but Karl Höfer was celebrated as hero of Kemmelberg - Held vom Kemmelberge. It was recaptured (during the Battle of the Peaks of Flanders) in late September 1918.
The steep cobbled road over the hill is often a decisive factor in the Gent–Wevelgem bicycle races, especially in the wet.
Media related to Kemmelberg at Wikimedia Commons
- Die Eroberung des Kemmel - Bericht des deutschen Hauptquartiers aus dem Jahre 1918
- Fotos der Eroberung des Kemmelberges
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