Disposition Maps – German Forces 1916-1918

A series of seven British maps, this first dating from February 1916, showing the known, or believed, distribution of German forces facing the Allies on the Western Front. Continue reading

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The Somme – A Return to Pozières British Cemetery

Last year I paid a second, brief, visit to Pozières British Cemetery, where 2,760 British, Australian & Canadian Great War casualties are buried, surrounded by walls on which the names of a further 14,000 British & South Africans who have no known grave are inscribed. Continue reading

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Every Picture Tells A Story No.2

For a number of years now I have wanted to show you two particular photographs, and, now that both are in the public domain, I can do just that.  Not that there is anything unusual or particularly special about them as photographs, but there is a story attached to the second one of which, it seems, most people are unaware.  Both were taken by controversial Australian photographer Frank Hurley near Birr Cross Roads on the Menin Road (although I should point out that there is nothing contentious about these photos) in September 1917, the above picture showing British walking wounded and German prisoners as they trudge away from the battlefield, passing stretcher cases awaiting evacuation as they go.  The ditched vehicle that looks remarkably like a camper van (it does!),… Continue reading

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Ypres – A Return to Ramparts Cemetery (Lille Gate)

It’s been a good few years now.  Continue reading

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French Flanders: The Cemeteries on the Lys Part Twelve – La Gorgue Communal Cemetery

Another communal cemetery, this time with a CWGC sign for all to see. Continue reading

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French Flanders: The Cemeteries on the Lys Part Eleven – La Gorgue War Memorial

Less than a mile south west of Estaires, and now just south, once more, of the River Lys, our penultimate stop on the first part of this tour finds us at the war memorial in the centre of La Gorgue. Continue reading

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The Somme – Rancourt Military Cemetery – ‘To the Immortal Memory’

A brief diversion from our current French Flanders tour, dictated entirely by today’s date.  This is Rancourt Military Cemetery, on the Somme. Continue reading

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