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... case it was ridges to the South and East of Ypres. Casualty numbers are disputed but the range for The Allies is 200,000 - 448,614. And for The Germans 217,000 - 410,000 including 24,065 prisoners. Our next stop was Tyne Cot Cemetery in the heart of the Passchendael area then on to the German Cemetery at Langemarck. The cemeteries prior to this are all maintained by The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but the German Cemetery is not. In fact it looks neglected ...
... a spanner tightening up some very big bolts which he dropped into the water! If we had been underneath it would probably have hit us. Then he started grinding with a shower of sparks and dust coming down, and then he did some arc welding. We had to wait until the job was complete and must have been almost an hour in total as it was 11.30 by the time we got out of the 12.5 metre rise lock.
The Belgian waterways are man-made canals with sloping ...
... destruction of the city and the enormous loss of lives in Flanders in The Great War, when Ieper/Ypres (Wipers to the Tommies) was on the Front Line. After a few hours of this tragedy, there was a need for coffee and waffles and a sit in the sunshine for a moment's thought. We walked along the City Ramparts and returned to the camp site for an evening meal. We thought that the Last Post ceremony would be too much and put it off until ...
... br> The return of rains again reduced the battlefield to a quagmire, with guns sinking after only firing a few rounds, thus resulting in feeble and inaccurate barrages. Exhausted and lacking shelter from the dreadful weather, hundreds of men were evacuated many with trench feet.
Todays lush well manicured countryside stands in the starkest possible contrast to the appalling conditions under which these attacks ...
... space to make a purchase. Went to the British Museum of the Somme here. It's all underground in former tunnels and a great introduction for us. Then it was off to Albert where Australians were key players in some of the battles in this area of the Somme. After that we moved on to Pozieres and Beaumont Hamel to view memorials, info stands and the remains of bunkers and trenches. After lunch we visited the Commonwealth War Memorial ...