The German Marinekorps Flandern had established a well-oiled war machine in the coastal area between the front line and the Dutch border. Given the region’s exceptional strategic importance as a base of operations for naval and aerial battles in the North Sea, the German occupying forces installed a vast network of ports, artillery batteries,bunkers and airfields in this area. Operating from the ports of Ostend and Zeebrugge, they sank no fewer than 2,550 allied ships. Eventually, this intense submarine warfarepartly triggered the American decision to join WWI.

As the former headquarters of the Marinekorps Flandern, the Provincial Court in Bruges provides the ideal backdrop for the exhibition “WWI, the Battle for the North Sea”. Using historical artefacts and never-before-seen illustrations, this exhibition aims to shed light on the little-known story of the war at sea and the essential role of Bruges as the nerve centre of the entire operation.

WWI, The Battle of The North Sea (Provincial Courthouse)


Markt 3
8000 Bruges


From Monday, April 23, 2018
To Thursday, August 30, 2018


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