Ibis Styles Amiens Cathedrale
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... were killed and wounded in the surrounding fields whilst attempting to capture these formidable defensive positions. Pozieres ridge was a high ground worth fighting over and you can see the points at which the germans held an advantage. The inscription is chilling... "THE RUIN OF POZIERES WINDMILL WHICH LIES HERE WAS THE CENTRE OF THE STRUGGLE IN THIS PART OF THE SOMME BATTLEFIELD IN JULY AND AUGUST 1916. IT WAS CAPTURED ON AUGUST 4TH BY AUSTRALIAN TROOPS WHO FELL ...
... We toured the Museum in the attic area above the school. Wandered in the Assembly Hall... And looked out into the playground and saw the very moving sign... 'DO NOT FORGET AUSTRALIA' Wow. Then Sylvester took us to a German Cemetery. The starkness of it was amazing. Just very plain black crosses and barely mown grass. He explained that the Allies decided where the German Cemeteries were to be located. Not on main roads and not on hills.. I was surprised to see a few white ...
... on 4th August by the Australian troops who fell more thickly on this ridge than on any other battlefield of the war. Written in bold writing on a nearby tank stand are the names of Victoria Cross recipients (5 Australians, 1 Brit and 1 Canadian). A picture of a digger, in his slouch hat and the Rising Sun emblem, proudly adorn the top of the tank.
The memorial at Poziers is located beside German war trenches, complete with brick and concrete ...
... secret of what the purpose of the raid really was. If the germans knew that was the goal they may have made it harder to get a machine or changed it....so..to sum up...a lot of our troops were killed...and the rest captured....but it was not for a stupid reason at least..it was a reason that was worth the effort. As the codes were very important to crack...Fleming was there to meet the Sargent in charge of the snatch team to get the goodies and steam back to England ...
... the average, suffering the overall highest casualty rates of all the Commonwealth nations. What a legacy! so many lives lost. so many mothers lost their sons, so many women never married their sweethearts. so many children did not know their fathers. tomorrow Lea takes us north to the Flemish battle fields. To say we are looking forward to that is like looking forward to a thrashing. to say we want to see it is recognising we need to know what went before us so we can be aware of ...