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“The sea played a particularly important part in the First World War. A part to which too little attention has been paid. This is one of the reasons why the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) thought it appropriate to devote a special issue of the De Grote Rede magazine to this topic on the occasion of the centenary of the First World War.

In addition to thirteen leading articles and seven one-page sections, this issue also contains a few explanatory maps, a glossary and the etymological explanation of the principal toponyms of the Flemish front area.“
(Jan Mees, VLIZ director)

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Special issue ‘The Great War and the Sea”: this issue is available in Dutch, German, French and English. Printed copies can be ordered upon payment (within Belgium: 10.00 EUR, incl. postage/for other countries: 10.00 EUR, excl. postage). Please contact for orders and information regarding the payment.