You are witnessing a rare occurrence on this site. The memorial you see perched atop the hill in this photograph has nothing whatsoever to do with the Great War…
…but it’s a sobering thought, as you wander these fields as I did earlier today, that many years ago two great armies met in battle here, leaving, in just a few hours, an estimated 14,000 men dead or dying on the battlefield.
We are still horrified, and quite rightly, by the number of men who fell day after day during the slaughter of the First World War, but how many occasions can you think of on the Western Front when so many lives were lost in such a short time?
So where is this place? The clues are in the photos. Answers on a postcard.