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, 1939-1994) 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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