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... of Glory
We will always be glad we were there that morning.
From there we went to Thiepval, which is the largest British Memorial. Thiepval sits on the heights of the Somme, and was held by the Germans, who used the position to fire down on the French troops in the Ancre valley below. On 1 July 100,000 inexperienced British soldiers from the Pals Battalions went “over the top” of their trenches and attacked ...
... an incredible casualty rate of 69 %. There were 5 Divisions of Australian troops, each with 20,000 men, reinforced more than 20 times. More than 400,000 volunteered to enlist, why they kept volunteering over the period of the war, with little chance of survival, seems beyond comprehension to us today. Some survived the Gallipoli campaign, only to face up again and again on the orders of misguided generals, who had ...
... the manager of one lodge, is the only African who I heard saying..."ask me anything, if I don't know the answer, I will ask my colleagues."
- Things I missed most, but of what I take complete responsibility...In the beginning of my contract I told my boss that I wanted to work in the lodges in the days that I had no safaris. Which is exactly what I did. So after 8 months, I didn't really leave anybody behind, cause I never had the time to make real friends. But ...
... man should know better at 3 o'clock in the morning.
Thanks to Kev Meanwell who doesn't yet know I nicked his photos from Facebook. And a big shout for our Belgian hosts for a wonderful day and night and a cracking barbecue.
Tomorrow Luxembourg and the fabled High Chapparal.
... and the trenches on the west side, it was evident that they had attacked from the opposite side. We then walked down the steps on the east side and away from the monument to be able to see it in its entirety. It is an impressive monument in its simplicity and seems to capture a mixed sentiment: the taking of Vimy Ridge was a victory and highly symbolic, but the war was extremely costly for Canada, with 66,000 Canadian service personnel killed in the ...