We've all heard of Messines Ridge, right? Perched atop this feature is the small town of Mesen (that's how the locals spell it), rebuilt after something of a pummelling during the Great War. Incidentally, the degree of elevation afforded by this much fought-over ridge is akin to standing on a table, but given the flatness of the surrounding terrain it remains a commanding position.
The church above - fully open to visitors - was levelled during the fighting, though wounded soldiers were treated in the crypt,including one Corporal Hitler!
I know I have a number of readers in NZ, so I made a point of photographing this fine memorial.
The other Great War statue in town recalls the 1914 Christmas Truce. I think it's rather charming.