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  • The Return to Flandershe controversy surrounding Hitler’s two visits to the Great War battlefields ofnorthern France and Flanders has endured for over 70 years. The first visit tookplace on 1 June 1940, at the time of his visit the battle for France was continuingand the British were still fighting on the perimeter at Dunkirk only 40 miles away. Hitler,as supreme commander, made a routine visit to the Headquarters of von Richenau’s 6thArmy at Wevelgem, but the staff officers struggling with the ...

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