"(Not) Just A Day In June" is about physically experiencing a unique historical landscape, connecting with the past while walking in the footsteps of those whose stories long to be told and looking to the future. Messines and Heuvelland breathe the Great War. The region is marked with the scars of that war. Everywhere stories are waiting to be told: stories of ordinary people who made great sacrifices.
By November 1914, the Great War had become bogged down in the muddy fields between the Kemmelberg and the Wijtschate-Messines Ridge. The Germans occupied Wijtschate and Messines, and turned the villages into impregnable fortresses. From this strategic position, they held the whole region - includingYpres - in a grip of artillery fire. The British looked anxiously for a way to force a breakthrough. That breakthrough finally came on 7 June 1917. On that day, the earth shook.....