AP Photos: A Belgian landscape shaped by war

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Posted: Aug 03, 2014 3:11 AM
AP Photos: A Belgian landscape shaped by war

One hundred years on, World War I resonates across Belgium in countless monuments and cemeteries along with relics of long-abandoned bunkers and trenches that dot the landscape.

Amid the random splattering of red poppies and often wild overgrowth, these relics are a poignant and constant reminder of what happened on Flanders Fields 100 years ago when life was about trenches, the protection of a bunker, a muddy battlefield and destroyed villages.

Some of the relics aren't just reminders of days gone by. Farmers in West Flanders call the spring plowing season the "iron harvest."

Here is a gallery of photos from the scene.