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1917-07-31 1917-07-31 The third battle of Ypres In the spring of 1917 it became clear that a new military offensive would soon be launched. An increasing number of soldiers were billeted in the BIE-region, and Allied bombardments on strategic targets in the area had been growing in frequency. In late July, the Allied forces launched a major offensive. Their intention was to advance from Ypres to the Flemish ports of Zeebrugge and Ostend. 50 /en/timeline/the-third-battle-of-ypres da inline circle_blue.png
1916-05-28 1916-05-28 28 May - 8 August 1916 Bombardments in the BIE-region In the weeks between 28 May and 8 August 1916, the BIE-region was struck by a series of bombardments and aerial attacks.  On 28 May, Westrozebeke was heavily bombarded with British artillery fire, killing dozens of soldiers. Most of the town centre, including the church, was destroyed in the blast.  50 /en/timeline/28-may-8-august-1916-bombardments-in-the-bie-region da inline circle_blue.png
1915-04-22 1915-05-25 22 April - 25 May 1915 Second battle of Ypres The first winter of World War I was relatively quiet as far as military attacks are concerned. Because the frontline of the Western Front had remained unchanged for quite some time, the Germans were looking to launch a new offensive on Flanders in the spring of 1915. 50 /en/timeline/22-april-25-may-1915-second-battle-of-ypres da inline circle_blue.png
1914-10-19 1914-10-19 19 October - 22 November 1914 First battle of Ypres Following Schuwe Maandag in the BIE-region, the Germans marched on towards Langemark-Poelkapelle. 50 /en/timeline/19-october-22-november-1914-first-battle-of-ypres da inline circle_blue.png
1914-10-19 1914-10-19 19 October 1914 'Schuwe Maandag' After the Siege of Antwerp, a wave of French, British and German soldiers settled in the BIE-region. Around mid October 1914, Lichtervelde and Ingelmunster became the first 2 municipalities in the region to be occupied by the Germans. In other towns and villages in the area, it proved harder for the Germans to gain a foothold. 50 /en/timeline/19-october-1914-schuwe-maandag da inline circle_blue.png
1915-05-31 1915-05-31 31 May 1915 Italy joins the allied forces On 31 May 1915, an aircraft crossed Izegem. The aircraft had not come to bombard the village, but to drop little notes for all to read. The notes served to inform the people of Izegem that Italy had declared war on Germany and Austria. With Italy joining the Allied forces, one million new soldiers were about to enter the battle against the Central Powers. 50 /en/timeline/31-may-1915-italy-joins-the-allied-forces da inline circle_blue.png
1914-07-31 1914-07-31 31 July 1914 General mobilisation in Belgium Even though Belgium had not yet declared war on Germany, a general mobilisation bill was issued on 31 July 1914, calling all resilient Belgian men to arms. All throughout the country, church bells tolled and members of the fire-brigade roamed the streets to bring the news to the attention of men who were fit to fight. 50 /en/timeline/31-july-1914-general-mobilisation-in-belgium da inline circle_blue.png
1917-06-30 1917-06-30 30 July 1917 Evacuation of Moorslede, Slypskapelle and Dadizele On 30 July 1917, the last remaining inhabitants of Moorslede, Slijpskapelle and Dadizele fled, as the 3 municipalities had become the target of heavy artillery fire originating from the city of Ypres. Most buildings were destroyed in the attacks.  The photo shows a picture of the demolished village of Dadizele, taken on 26 July 1917. Photo: collection Daisy Decoene 50 /en/timeline/30-july-1917-evacuation-of-moorslede-slypskapelle-and-dadizele da inline circle_blue.png
1918-09-30 1918-09-30 30 September 1918 Liberation of Westrozebeke, Oostnieuwkerke and Sleihage After recapturing Moorslede, the Allies tried to enter Beitem and Roeselare but were stopped in their tracks by a surprisingly strong German defence. Westrozebeke, on the other hand, was regained on 30 September, after 2 days of fighting. 50 /en/timeline/30-september-1918-liberation-of-westrozebeke-oostnieuwkerke-and-sleihage da inline circle_blue.png
1918-09-29 1918-09-29 29 September 1918 Liberation of Moorslede, Dadizele and Staden On the second day of the hundred days offensive, Belgian troops attempted to advance towards the heights which they had failed to capture the day before. In collaboration with the Scottish, they soon secured the area between Moorslede and Dadizele. In the process, both municipalities were demolished by heavy bombardments.  50 /en/timeline/29-september-1918-liberation-of-moorslede-dadizele-and-staden da inline circle_blue.png
1918-09-28 1918-09-28 28 September 1918 First day of the hundred days offensive in Westrozebeke After the failed German Spring Offensive of April 1918, the Allied forces had the upper hand in the war. With most of their troops and resources deployed in defence, the Germans were at the end of their wits.  50 /en/timeline/28-september-1918-first-day-of-the-hundred-days-offensive-in-westrozebeke da inline circle_blue.png
1917-09-28 1917-09-28 28 September 1917 Inhabitants of Roeselare leave the city On 28 September 1917, when repeated shootings had made the centre of Roeselare uninhabitable, civilians were given permission to flee the city on their own account. Furthermore, 26 sisters of the Rumbeke convent were transferred to East Flanders. The photo shows the heavily damaged O.L.V. church in Roeselare (collection Stadsarchief Roeselare). 50 /en/timeline/28-september-1917-inhabitants-of-roeselare-leave-the-city da inline circle_blue.png
1914-06-28 1914-06-28 28 June 1914 Assassination of Franz Ferdinand On 28 June 1914, archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, was assassinated in Sarajevo by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip. The assassination provoked outrage and caused tensions to rise between the European powers. The murder ultimately triggered World War I, as it formed the basis of Austria-Hungary’s declaration of war against Serbia. 50 /en/timeline/28-june-1914-assassination-of-franz-ferdinand da inline circle_blue.png
1915-01-27 1915-01-27 27 January 1915 The German Emperor's birthday On 27 January 1915, quartered German soldiers in all occupied municipalities celebrated the birthday of the German Emperor. The officers organised a banquet, music was played and special masses were held in the Emperor’s honour. In the evening, German soldiers attended a festival with lots of drinking and singing. The Emperor’s birthday was celebrated every year. 50 /en/timeline/27-january-1915-the-german-emperors-birthday da inline circle_blue.png
1917-10-26 1917-11-07 26 October - 7 November 1917 Bombardments of Lichtervelde On 26 October 1917, the centre of Lichtervelde came under heavy bombardment. Substantial material damage was inflicted on the convent of the Paulinen sisters, and 5 nuns were killed in the blast.  50 /en/timeline/26-october-7-november-1917-bombardments-of-lichtervelde da inline circle_blue.png
1915-04-26 1915-04-26 26 April 1915 Airstrike Izegem On 26 April 1915, Izegem became the target of an Allied aerial bombardement for the first time. The area around the railway station and the local brewery were attacked. Although there were no casualties, the material damage was substantial. After the bombardment of Izegem, the Allied aircraft went on to drop a number of bombs on Ingelmunster. 50 /en/timeline/26-april-1915-airstrike-izegem da inline circle_blue.png
1916-02-25 1916-02-25 25 Februay 1916 ’T Roeselaernaarki On 25 February 1916, the first issue of the very first Roeselare based wartime publication ’t Roeselaernaarki’ was printed, a leaflet for soldiers who had studied at the Klein Seminarie. Between 25 Februari 1916 and 17 December 1917, a total of 19 issues were published. 50 /en/timeline/25-februay-1916-t-roeselaernaarki da inline circle_blue.png
1914-08-24 1914-08-24 24 August 1914 'Flying Monday' Two weeks after the German invasion in Belgium, German scouts on horseback, named 'Uhlans' were first spotted in the BIE-region. Dressed in long overcoats and top hats, and equipped with long lances, the scouts looked terrifying to the local population. The Uhlans scouted out the terrain and were employed to perform various acts of sabotage.  50 /en/timeline/24-august-1914-flying-monday da inline circle_blue.png
1915-04-23 1915-04-23 23 April 1915 Arrival of prisoners of war in Roeselare Following the German chlorine gas attacks on Allied troops on 22 April 1915, the city of Roeselare was flooded with refugees from the Ypres-region. Along with the refugees arrived a great number of prisoners of war, mostly French soldiers. 50 /en/timeline/23-april-1915-arrival-of-prisoners-of-war-in-roeselare da inline circle_blue.png
1917-09-21 1917-09-21 21 September 1917 Bombardment of Roeselare On 21 September 1917, over 10 civilians were killed in a aerial bombardment on the city of Roeselare. On the same day, the church of Izegem was severely damaged during an airstrike. The photo shows the grand place of Roeselare in 1917. 50 /en/timeline/21-september-1917-bombardment-of-roeselare da inline circle_blue.png
1917-10-21 1917-10-21 21 October 1917 Bombardment of Rumbeke and Roeselare On 21 October 1917, British aircraft bombarded the town of Rumbeke, killing a number of German soldiers and civilians. In Roeselare, an airstrike on a German ammunition depot near the railway station caused a lot of material damage to the surrounding area. In the days following the attack, Roeselare and Rumbeke were the target of frequent shootings. 50 /en/timeline/21-october-1917-bombardment-of-rumbeke-and-roeselare da inline circle_blue.png
1917-07-21 1917-07-22 21 & 22 July 1917 Airstrike on Roeselare On the night of 21 July 1917, the Allied forces launched one of the most aggressive airstrikes of World War I on Roeselare. The city was bombarded with high-explosive and incendiary bombs, inflicting massive damage on a great number of buildings including the Klein Seminarie, the Broederschool, the fire station and the gas factory. 50 /en/timeline/21-22-july-1917-airstrike-on-roeselare da inline circle_blue.png
1917-10-20 1917-10-20 20 October 1917 Bombardment of Izegem On 20 October 1917, the town of Izegem was bombarded by the Germans in an attempt to damage the railway station. The plan failed, as most projectiles missed their target and partly destroyed the convent in the Gentsestraat instead. The convent was being used as a field hospital at the time of the airstrike. 50 /en/timeline/20-october-1917-bombardment-of-izegem da inline circle_blue.png
1915-06-20 1915-06-20 20 June 1915 Bomb on Emelgem On 20 June 1914, a bomb was dropped on the village of Emelgem, killing 3 civilians and wounding many others.  The photo shows the church of Emelgem. 50 /en/timeline/20-june-1915-bomb-on-emelgem da inline circle_blue.png
1917-12-19 1917-12-19 19 December 1917 Deportation to Herentals On 19 December 1917, 154 families from Beveren were deported to Herentals by train, as repeated airstrikes had made the village too dangerous. Apart from a number of forced labourers, who were forced to stay behind, Beveren had become a ghost town.  Photo family Borry: collection Koen Cosaert 50 /en/timeline/19-december-1917-deportation-to-herentals da inline circle_blue.png
1915-04-18 1915-04-18 18 April 1915 Roland Garros' emergency landing On 18 April 1915, French pilot Roland Garros experienced technical difficulties while crossing the Sterre forest in Rumbeke. He successfully performed an emergency landing close to the border between Ingelmunster and Hulste. Using an ingenious machine gun contraption, he tried to destroy his aircraft before being taken prisoner by the Germans. 50 /en/timeline/18-april-1915-roland-garros-emergency-landing da inline circle_blue.png
1918-10-16 1918-10-16 16 October 1918 Liberation of Lichtervelde, Izegem and Ingelmunster By 16 October 1918, the Germans had abandoned most of their positions, enabling French soldiers to push forward towards Lichtervelde and Koolskamp. When the German army vacated Lichtervelde, they left a trail of destruction. The church tower, railway station and local guest houses were left in ruins.  50 /en/timeline/16-october-1918-liberation-of-lichtervelde-izegem-and-ingelmunster da inline circle_blue.png
1918-05-16 1918-05-16 16 May - 19 June 1918 Return to Dadizele, Moorslede and Hooglede On 16 May 1918, the inhabitants of Dadizele were encouraged to return to their homes, even though the village and its surroundings had been turned into a wasteland and most houses were inhabitable. On 19 June, the people of Hooglede were granted permission to return as well. Peace and quiet had been restored in the area, but returning inhabitants found an abandoned ghost town. 50 /en/timeline/16-may-19-june-1918-return-to-dadizele-moorslede-and-hooglede da inline circle_blue.png
1918-04-16 1918-04-16 16 April - 29 April 1918 German spring offensive After being defeated near the Somme in France and in the area south of Ypres, the British army retreated around Ypres. As a result, the villages that had been recaptured by the Allies in the Third Battle of Ypres were once again lost to them. The Germans reoccupied the vacant territory in a mission that would become known as “Operation Blucher”. 50 /en/timeline/16-april-29-april-1918-german-spring-offensive da inline circle_blue.png
1918-10-15 1918-10-15 15 October 1918 Liberation of Beveren and Gits On 15 October 1918, after launching a successful final offensive, the Allied forces recaptured more territory from the Germans, although their progress was smaller than it had been the previous day. On the same day, French troops liberated the municipalities of Gits and Beveren. Attempts to liberate Ingelmunster and Izegem failed and resulted in a massacre.     50 /en/timeline/15-october-1918-liberation-of-beveren-and-gits da inline circle_blue.png
1917-10-15 1917-10-15 15 October 1917 Evacuation of Slypskapelle The municipality of Slijpskapelle being gradually destroyed by the violence of war, its remaining inhabitants were forced to leave their homes on 15 October 1917. The village was completely annihilated a few days later, sparing nothing but a handful of houses and the local chapel.  The photo shows the Slijpskapelle chapel. Photo: collection bibliotheek Moorslede.   50 /en/timeline/15-october-1917-evacuation-of-slypskapelle da inline circle_blue.png
1914-10-15 1914-10-15 15 October 1914 German Occupation of Hooglede and Lichtervelde Having captured Ingelmunster on the previous day, the German army force met little resistance at Hooglede and Lichtervelde. Both villages were occupied on 15 October 1918. The Germans killed 2 farmers at St-Jozef and executed 2 British soldiers at Gits.  50 /en/timeline/15-october-1914-german-occupation-of-hooglede-and-lichtervelde da inline circle_blue.png
1917-09-15 1917-09-15 15 August 1917 Bombing of the Emelgem church On 15 August 1917, a German bomb landed on the church of Emelgem, Izegem. 50 /en/timeline/15-august-1917-bombing-of-the-emelgem-church da inline circle_blue.png
1917-09-14 1917-09-14 14 September 1917 Evacuation of Dadizele and Moorslede On 14 September 1917, the few remaining inhabitants of Dadizele and Moorslede were forced to leave their homes. They did not need a lot of encouragement, as bombardments in the area had been increasing in frequency and intensity. The photo shows Moorslede in October 1917, completely destroyed by continuous bombardments. 50 /en/timeline/14-september-1917-evacuation-of-dadizele-and-moorslede da inline circle_blue.png
1918-10-14 1918-10-14 14 October 1918 Liberation of Roeselare and Hooglede On 14 October 1918, French and Belgian troops launched a large-scale offensive on the German line of defence near Roeselare, creating the opportunity for Allied soldiers to advance across 5 kilometres of German-occupied territory. 50 /en/timeline/14-october-1918-liberation-of-roeselare-and-hooglede da inline circle_blue.png
1914-10-14 1914-10-14 14 October 1914 German occupation of Ingelmunster On 14 October 1914, the municipality of Ingelmunster was captured by German troops. The Ingelmunster castle was commandeered as a German officer’s residence, and served as an important headquarters for the German 4th army. Following the occupation, the number of soldiers in the town of Ingelmunster increased steadily, reaching 3000 by 18 October. 50 /en/timeline/14-october-1914-german-occupation-of-ingelmunster da inline circle_blue.png
1917-09-12 1917-09-12 12 September 1917 Bombardment of the Dadizele church On 12 September 1917, the church of Dadizele was severely damaged in a German bombardment. Prior to the attack, on August 13th, the church bells and pipe organ had been removed from the basilica.  The photograph shows the Dadizele basilica after the devastating bombardments of 1917. Photo: collection Daisy Decoene 50 /en/timeline/12-september-1917-bombardment-of-the-dadizele-church da inline circle_blue.png
1918-11-11 1918-11-11 11 November 1918 Armistice 11 November 1918 marked the armistice signed between Germany and the Allies in a train carriage at Compiègne, France. While the ceasefire was agreed at 5 o’clock at night, it did not take effect until 11 o’clock in the morning. With hostilities continuing for another couple of hours, many casualties were suffered on both sides in those final hours of the war. 50 /en/timeline/11-november-1918-armistice da inline circle_blue.png
1917-12-09 1917-12-09 9 December 1917 Removal of citizens from Roeselare On 9 December 1917, approximately 1600 inhabitants of Roeselare were forcefully removed from their homes, lowering the city’s population to just 5500 citizens. 50 /en/timeline/9-december-1917-removal-of-citizens-from-roeselare da inline circle_blue.png
1917-11-08 1917-11-08 8 October 1917 Moorslede battlefront On 8 October 1917, heavy fighting broke out over the Droogenbroodhoek hill near Moorslede. German troops were able to hold off the British army, but massive casualties were suffered on both sides. 50 /en/timeline/8-october-1917-moorslede-battlefront da inline circle_blue.png
1915-09-06 1915-09-06 6 September 1915 Airstrike on Lichtervelde On the morning of 6 September 1915, the weather was fair and soldiers of the RIR 236 in Lichtervelde held a series of military exercises in the area between the Sneppemolen and the Vijfhuishoek. Around 11 am, the soldiers, escorted by a marching band, were making their way back to the centre of Lichtervelde when they were startled by the approaching roar of an aircraft engine. 50 /en/timeline/6-september-1915-airstrike-on-lichtervelde da inline circle_blue.png
1914-11-05 1914-11-05 5 November 1914 Evacuation of Moorslede After days of relentless fighting in the area around Zonnebeke and Passendale, the German army moved to evacuate the village of Moorslede. Inhabitants who had not yet fled the area were removed from their homes and transferred to Roeselare. An exception was made for the sisters of the local nunnery, who were granted permission to stay behind to look after the injured and the ill.  50 /en/timeline/5-november-1914-evacuation-of-moorslede da inline circle_blue.png
1917-07-05 1917-07-05 5 July 1917 First bombardment of Lichtervelde On 5 July 1917, the railway station of Lichtervelde was bombarded. The damage was minimal.   50 /en/timeline/5-july-1917-first-bombardment-of-lichtervelde da inline circle_blue.png
1917-12-05 1917-12-05 5 December 1917 Removal of citizens from Oekene and Rumbeke On 5 December 1917, many inhabitants of Oekene and Rumbeke were expelled from their homes and forced to relocate to the Antwerp region. Most of them returned in late April 1918, after the German Spring Offensive had shifted the war front away from their towns, rendering them safe again. 50 /en/timeline/5-december-1917-removal-of-citizens-from-oekene-and-rumbeke da inline circle_blue.png
1917-08-04 1917-08-04 4 August 1917 Second Bombardment of Lichtervelde On 4 August 1917, Lichtervelde was bombed for the second time. An ammunition train was hit by the blast. 50 /en/timeline/4-august-1917-second-bombardment-of-lichtervelde da inline circle_blue.png
1914-08-04 1914-08-04 4 August 1914 Germany invades Belgium In an attempt to capture Paris by passing through neutral countries, the German army demanded free passage through Belgium. Determined to maintain its neutral status in the war, the Belgian government refused, whereupon German troops invaded Belgium on 4 August 1914. The Belgians in turn picked up their weapons and joined the Allies. 50 /en/timeline/4-august-1914-germany-invades-belgium da inline circle_blue.png
1917-08-03 1917-08-03 3 August 1917 Evacuation of Hooglede On 3 August 1917, the inhabitants of Hooglede were evacuated. Hooglede became a military ghost town and was frequently bombed by the Allies. In Gits, a part of the local population remained in their houses until late September 1918, when they, too, were forced to flee.  The photo shows the Hogestraat in Hooglede. 50 /en/timeline/3-august-1917-evacuation-of-hooglede da inline circle_blue.png