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About me

Dear friends and World War adepts

My name is Nick, I was born on January 16 in 1980 and I live in the beautiful little village of Linkhout (part of Lummen in Belgium).
My hobbies are spoiling my godchild, watching football, attending concerts and rock festivals, webdesign, making trips, bike riding, swimming, have a nice beer now and then and off course expanding my World War 1 and 2 knowledge. I work for the Federal government, financial department in Belgium.
I visited some museums and historical places when I was a little kid, especially in Belgium off course, but that was a long time before my interest became this big.

Normandy


It all started during my holiday in Normandy in 2007. I went camping there for a week with my girlfriend and it’s very hard to ignore the historical importance of this region and not to visit any of these places, though we didn’t plan this before the trip. We visited the Centre Juno Beach in Courseulles-sur-Mer and drove over the Pegasus Bridge, which I recognised from the PC-game Call of Duty. What impressed me most was the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer. I must admit this is one of the places which convinced me of expanding my knowledge on the subject. I returned to this place every year since then.
We returned to Normandy in 2008 and my interest got even bigger. We visited some more places and I also started expanding my (by now) very large DVD- and book collection regarding both World Wars.
So far I have visited many museums, cemeteries and other historical sites in Normandy. In 2012 I went there at the beginning of June for the first time, during the D-Day commemorations. It’s absolutely worth a visit in this period as you can now still meet some of the veterans that fought for our freedom and many ceremonies which you can attend are held too. There's also a lot of re-enactment and you meet many pleasant people with common interests.

Flanders Fields


Another favourite region of mine is Flanders Fields. I returned there for the first time in 2010 when we visited the Yser tower in Diksmuide, the In Flanders Fields museum and Ramparts Cemetery in Ypres and the Tyne Cot Cemetery in Passchendale. My interest in World War I was encouraged instantly.
With the upcoming commemoration of 100 years World War I, lots of events and ceremonies are being prepared, and I definitely hope to be there when they takes place.
The most impressive visits I did there were the Tyne Cot Cemetery in Passchendale, the Christmas Truce in Ploegsteert, the Ploegsteert Wood cemeteries, Sanctuary Woods and off course the Last Post in Ypres, something you definitely should attend.
Although I visited many places here, there is still so much to discover, but I’ll work on that in the future.

Battle of the Bulge


I first returned to the battlefield of the Battle of the Bulge in 2010 when I went camping in Burg-Reuland with some friends. Since then I’m also fascinated about the events that found place here during World War 2. In 2012 and 2015 we did a tour with an excellent and qualified guide in the Ardennes region. I also attended several Nuts weekends, the annual commemoration of the Battle of the Bulge.
Some of the most impressive visits I did were the Bois Jacques and it’s foxholes, the Indians monument and the bison’s in the fields, the Nuts Cave, the Mardasson monument and the museums at La Gleize and Baugnez.
The region has a wealthy historic value, you won’t get bored here soon.

War Visitors Linkhout


One of my personal highlights in life is the co-foundation of our War Visitors Linkhout association. At the beginning of July 2010 we were at the Linkhout fair and were discussing about the trips I made in the past and others were interested in doing these trips too. We were determined to start our own association and at the beginning of August we went searching for the Lancaster monument in the Goeren in Linkhout. We discovered it was in a very ruinous condition and made it our purpose to renovate it. We also received a book about the crash of the Lancaster bomber, written by Rudy Kenis. That week we also held our first meeting. Our first event was a recital about the crash in the Goeren by Rudy Kenis. There were 130 interested people present who were all fascinated by the story told by Rudy with the help of his pictures. We also did some successful trips too.

In May 2012 we had the honour to welcome Mr. Alex Jenkins and his wife Pauline in Linkhout. He was the pilot of the Lancaster that was shot above Linkhout, he was the sole survivor. This was an incredible experience which I’ll never forget in my life. It was a true honour to have met these two lovely people.

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Other impressive places I visited where Anne Franks house in Amsterdam, the fortresses of Eben-Emael and Breendonk in Belgium, the Operation Market Garden commemorations, and the one that made the most impression; the ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane in the Limousin region in France. On June 10, 1944 the village was completely destroyed. 642 people, mainly inhabitants of the village, were murdered, men, women and children. All houses and buildings were set afire. The village has been left like it was on that day in 1944. When you’re in the area, do not hesitate to visit this place.
In 2014 I visited Auschwitz for the first time. This also was very impressive, but the mass tourism made it not as touching as I expected it to be, but this definitely is a place all history buffs must visit.
In 2015 I did a road trip through Germany, Cezch Republic and Austria. On this trip I visited several concentration camps, but the most impressive were the camps of Büchenwald and Terezin. I also visited Hitler's Eagle's Nest and was impressed with the beauty of this unique place, a must see!

Military cemeteries


Through the years I got fascinated by the military cemeteries. By now I’ve visited many.
Because of this fascination, I got interested in adopting American war graves. It started with one grave at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, the grave of Clemit Lipe. Soon another one followed and at the moment I have adopted 14 adoption graves, three from World War 1 and 11 from World War 2, divided over 7 American Cemeteries in Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

I hope you get inspired by my pictures and travel reports on this personal website and you get some inspiration to do your own trips concerning the subject. If you wish, I can give you my personal advice about places you should visit. You can always contact me for this, or if you have some special tips for me or critics on my website.