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After this we called in at Vimy Ridge, the Canadian War Memorial to the 11,285 Canadian Soldiers that lost their lives in the First World War. The actual monument is built from a form of Limestone and took 11 years to construct. It is magnificent and a fitting memorial to all those brave men.
After this we made our way to Arras and our hotel for the night which was a Formule 1 Hotel. It was located about 2 miles south-east of ...
It was a long walk back to the bike and that is a good thing I am finding...it gives me a chance to get back into me exploratory mode....hopped back in the saddle and off I went. Had to whiz....but they wanted .5 euro for the privilege of me whizzing in there biffy...nooooo not gunna happen....Mentally packed the bladder again....and off I went.
While looking I kept bumping into Canadian Memorials I stopped at each....all marked ...
... in Ypres, standing under the Menin Gate, where tens of thousands of troops marched out to battle. Many of them would never return, their whereabouts unknown. The gate is inscribed with the names of almost 55000 soldiers who went missing in action.. During the 1927 Menin Gate inauguration ceremony, Field Marshal Herbert Plumer offered this reassurance to the families whose sons, brothers, husbands and uncles ...
... It's really hard to come to terms with the scale of the battles around Ieper. Within a few kilometres of the town there are over 160 military cemeteries, and you can't go for more than a few hundred metres in any direction without passing one.
The north Salient tour took us to Essex farm where the poem "In Fanders Fields" was written by John McCrae after his best friend had been killed, the Langemarke German war cemetery, to Passchendale, ...
... given specific orders that none of his soldiers were to dishonour or desecrate any memorial or grave, in this zone. Generally this was obeyed, and therefore no deliberate damage was done to Ieper or its memorials during WW2. Roger told of one story of one German soldier executed, for peeing on the Menin Gate.
We also learnt that the two stone lions at either side of the main entry to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, ...