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A desperately needed haircut. The hairdresser didn't speak any english, so pantomime and pointing saved the day. Attended on the spot plus she resisted giving me a brush cut that other hairdressers have found necessary, so left with a smile.
Have a list of names and locations for Lyn's soldiers, so zig-zagging across the countryside to find them. Everywhere you go ...
... 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!
... the day walking amongst the Christmas Markets, visiting the sights of the city (Cathedral, Fort, Man Square) and going shopping. Having gone to France on a simple day trip it really became noticeable just how different France is to England, despite it being just an hour's ferry away! And don't even get me started on the stinky cheese! My clothes stank of it all day!
... tunnels, which were dark, dank and often flooded. But they were considered high-class accommodations compared to life in the trench. The network of tunnels through the chalk ground was dug by professional miners turned soldiers. The chalk that was unearthed was buried elsewhere at night to avoid detection by the enemy. These tunnels have also been augmented to accommodate visitors, but our guide, Jeremy, did a wonderful job of pointing out what was ...
... years to build them up to fighting strength again.
Touring today it is hard to imagine how devastated this area must have been, and how 5,533 young Australians were killed or wounded in just one night of mayhem.
Zacca was one of the wounded after making it to the German trenches. He described to me in the 1960's how he sprained his ankle when he landed unexpectedly on the concrete floor of ...