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... themselves in this strategic position. In April 1917, Canadian soldiers were successful in taking and holding Vimy Ridge. Hill 145, where the monument is positioned, is the highest point along the ridge.
Further within the site, are the preserved trenches and tunnels from that time. From both sides. Paul went through the tunnels but I declined, knowing the limits of both my claustrophibia and imagination. Extensive ...
... cemeteries, small memorials, specific memorials, plaques. Some are attached to the local cemetery, others in the middle of ploughed fields. Some battles well known, others not, but the result is the same. Death.
All the memorials and cemeteries are well kept, with late flowering roses bringing life into the grounds. An apple tree, with its apples ...
... and a small marching band. Most of the people doing it were old and it's clear that they do it every night, always have and always will, they really do love what the soldiers did for them. It was weird standing there knowing it's a once in a life opportunity and that the Canadian lady had wanted to come all her life and had finally made it, it was a really good opportunity. Really enjoyable and a great way to see what the war means to the people ...
... 8217;s Grt, grt, grt Uncle William had been a stretcher bearer in the NZ regiment that saved the town. We walked around and found the memorial to the NZers who had distracted the Germans by creating lots of smoke and they launched a surprise attack by climbing up a ladder they constructed to get them up the wall. It was a hot day and everyone was tired.
We spent the afternoon in a big shopping mall buying some new clothes!
We set out on our last day of our diggers pilgrimage, in this Somme area they can it Le Circuit du Poppy. First stop is in the town of Poziers, this is the town that Aussies get the most recognition as they say the diggers saved the town. All over there is our flag on display along with depiction and cutout of our soldiers, walk into the pub and able to say ripper mate! Then close by at Thiepval is the largest British war memorial in the world, it ...