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Kemmelberg after the fights of 1918
Bodies on the Kemmelberg
Steep incline

The Kemmelberg, also known as Kemmel Hill or Mont Kemmel, is a 156m high hill near Kemmel in the municipality of Heuvelland in West Flanders, Belgium.

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.[1] It was recaptured (during the Battle of the Peaks of Flanders) in late September 1918.

See also Kemmel Number 1 French Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery.

The steep cobbled road over the hill is often a decisive factor in the Gent–Wevelgem bicycle races, especially in the wet.


  1. ^ Andreas Dornheim: Röhms Mann fürs Ausland

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Media related to Kemmelberg at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 50°46′59.98″N 2°48′59.92″E / 50.7833278°N 2.8166444°E / 50.7833278; 2.8166444