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Today was our last full war-related day, and we kicked it off with attending the In Flanders Field Museum in Ypres. Walking through that again gave a unique perspective of the war, in this case the war as seen by the Belgiums, and what struggles they faced, including the absolute decimation of Ypres by the Germans. Not a tree or building was left …
... increased hatred toward the Germans as some soldiers were using jagged bayonettes and the introduction of poison gas into the war. Both of which were violations of the Geneva Convention.
Even today ammunition shells are found all over Belgium. They call it the Iron Harvest. Two people were recently killed when they tried to dismantle a chemical shell that they had found.
In 2006, five Australian soldiers were discovered when work ...
... past the row of headstones on my way back to the bus, something told me to look at the last one in the line.
At this moment the sun came through the branches and cast a gorgeous orange light over this single headstone.
20 years old.
And written at the bottom...''it is as if the sun has gone out''.
No lie, I crouched infront of that grave, whispered I'm sorry' and let out a sob.
That is simply not fair.
... South Africa and other dominions were also identified on the walls. A large number of senior military personel were present. Turned out there was a military legal conference happening at the time, so all attendees showed up for the Last Post.
The band marched off playing Scotland the Brave.
By this time it was both late and cold. Headed back to the station, only to ...
... the museums and war cemeteries where I was constantly stunned by the paradox between the overwhelming respect and care these young men were afforded in death whilst being treated with the utmost disregard for their well-being and very life whilst at the front. We also saw the contrast between the Commonwealth ...