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... that was only discovered recently. It was part of the Yorkshire offensive and is currently being restored. We then stopped at a place called Essex Farm. It is the exact location that John McCrae wrote In Flanders Fields. It was in a series of bunkers that were used by the Canadian troops as a hospital. The bunkers have been restored along with a memorial cemetery. At Ypres itself there is a ...
... failure, with no supplies being diverted from the Somme.
The site is well known today for the efforts being made to find and identify those Australian and British soldiers killed behind enemy lines who were buried in mass graves by the Germans, as well as those in no-mans land who were not retrieved due to intense fighting.
The museum itself is very modern, encompassing the Pheasant Wood Cemetery as well as many interactive exhibits, meant to tell ...
... exhibitions combined with multimedia presentations, were an intense experience. Over 2 hours later we headed up the Belfry Tower to view the landscape surrounding Ypres, where the significant battles sites were identified.
Prior to WW I, Ypres flourished as a trading centre for cloth. After four years of war, over, around and in ...
The day started well enough MC coffee and a couple of pastries from a shop inferior to the market , Monday am in Amiens is a bit slow. The AVIS office at the station was shut despite its presence on the web site and a sign on the door advertising opening times , we walked up to the main office and picked up a hastily cleaned car and despite my anxieties apropos driving a manual after 2 yrs all was well and we were on our way. We missed the plan A route ...
... my parents and my uncles, was missing when I thought about the Great War. That changed after I experienced the museums and landmarks in and around Ypres, dedicated to giving voice to the now-silent soldiers and civilians who were plunged into this senseless "war of attrition."
We joined the multigenerational, multicultural lineup inside the "In Flanders Fields" museum, located in Ypres' 13th centre ...