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... that cover the battlefield. Our guide tells us even today, farmers find shrapnel in their gardens and barns have caved in where
trenches once provided cover for soldiers.
We come to Hill 60; this place has not been touched since the war. I imagine this is what the moon looks like. Deep craters cover the ground around me and I have to watch where I step to avoid turning an ankle. A thin layer of grass covers the hill and the ...
... the hands of entrenched German machine gun fire. Small parts of the German trench were captured by the Australian 8th and 14th Brigades, but isolated, these small pockets of soldiers were quickly surrounded and defeated by German counter-attacks. The 5th Australian division suffered 5,533 casualties in the attack, many falling in no mans land and behind enemy lines. There were also 1,547 British casualties at a loss of around 1,000 German troops. The attack was ...
Train to Ieper/Ypres. On the station, an older couple arrived who turned to us for help. Ha! Anyway, they were Canadian, so we could communicate and confirm that they were on the correct platform. They were heading to Poperinge from where they planned to explore the Ypres Salient on bikes. During the conversation, learnt that not only did she grow up on PEI, but her grandmother came from Newfoundland! ...
... to the Ypres Salient battlefields and The Menin Road, through which so many British and Commonwealth troops had passed on their way to the Allied front line. From 11th November, 1929 the Last Post has been sounded at the Menin Gate Memorial every night and in all weathers. The only exception to this was during the four years of the German occupation of Ypres from 20th May 1940 to 6th September 1944. The daily ceremony was instead continued in England at Brookwood ...
... these when going to sleep or in the early hours when sleep is hard to come by.
If you are interested in this period of history then I urge you to search out Dan Carlin's podcasts on his website or in iTunes. They are a quite brilliant commentary on this most tragic of all wars.