Inter Hotel Cap Hotel Noyelles-Godault
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... Of approximately 3 million men in the line during that period, 1.2 million were killed, wounded or missing in action.
(The French also fought on the far south end of the line at the Somme, but their presence was limited due to the German attack at Verdun, which led France to her own private hell to match the British hell at the Somme.)
We set out on Tuesday June 30th (high temperature hit about 95 that day) first to ...
... our Thrifty rental car, then head off to the Belgian countryside. It's a beautiful warm day, and I'm feeling a bit hot in the jeans. We decide to stop at Tournai, which has a city centre rebuilt after the war, and a canal. It turns out to be a lovely town, a little hard to find a park, but with a good sized city centre and square. There's a bit of construction work being done, as we find around the place. Pete is looking for some more data for his ...
... experiences. Other days have been spent visiting the sights and also crossing the border into Belgium to visit the War Memorial and Museum in Ypres (See next Blog Entry). its been great spending time with family... its helping with the ...
... some poppies. Then it was time to visit a very unique grave - the one which used to house the body of our unknown soldier who now lies in the National War Memorial in Wellington, not far from College in fact. Our last stop for the day was at the grave of a relative of Hugo Egan's, G A Cardno. Then it was back to the hotel for a short rest before we went to dinner at yet another great local ...
... to the Somme from Fromelles, reviewed a proposal for an attack on Aubers Ridge.
Thus the die was cast for the first major Western Front battle to involve the Australian Army, with the support of the 61st British (South Midland) Divisions.
The resulting ill conceived and poorly planned Battle of Fromelles has since been described as a rare vintage for connoisseurs of military incompetence.