Ernest Jünger was a German author of novels, journals and essays. Just nineteen years old, he served in the German army during World War I and fought on the Flemish Front twice. He documented his experiences in memoir 'In Stahlgewittern’ (’Storm of Steel’) in which he describes his march from Staden to the front of the Third Battle of Ypres in great detail. The area around Westrozebeke is discussed elaborately in this passage.
After the war, he was awarded the Iron Cross and the ‘Pour le Mérite’, two important military decorations. By the time the war was over, he had become a successful officer in the German army.