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A few shots of this afternoon in Ieper and the last post service at Menin Gate - which has been conducted every night at this site since 1920. This memorial had the names of just over 54000 men from the British Commonwealth whose bodies have never been found after the battle of the Somme. More particularly those allied soldiers who died at Polygon Wood, Tyne Cot, Fromelle & Passchendaele. ...
... sites reinforce the importance of any small piece of high ground. The general terrain is so flat, every vantage point was fought over bitterly. The weather on this particular day was very cold with a bitter wind blowing. It did give us another opportunity to reflect on the conditions which the soldiers probably had to endure, with no relief and the constant threat of death or even worst a serious injury. Infection of wounds probably killed more men. We had had a stroke of luck ...
... to lille in the dark with it raining and peak hour was fun. Just like driving in Sydney during peak hour. Filling up with fuel just outside lille. Making my way back to the car park and handing the keys back. Although the car was in one piece it was extremely muddy. I might have found a few muddy tracks on my travels today. I'm glad I don't have to wash it as well. Having dinner with some people that I meet on my travels we settled in for a few drinks and probably not enough ...
... metro. the metro should pay the hotel to put in triple glazing and airconditioning at the frount.
Last night there were loads of Police in town in full riot gear, yes I did pay my bill, also army with big guns. Mind you this is an army town with special forces out at an old fort (16 century).
I had my first icecream of the trip yesterday, lemon sorbet so sharp it makes you pucker up lovely.
... and headed next for a section of the Givenchy battlefied, this time west of the town and approaching the trenchlines from the British side. Yesterday I looked on from the German side.
It is amazing how much time you can kill fossicking around a WW1 battlefield, especially when the ground has been turned over by the farmer and is fallow or freshly planted. Most of the areas I have visited this time have had almost fully grown crops which makes it very difficult to poke ...