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With the British Army on the Somme

Sometime early last year…

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La Brique Military Cemetery No.2

Directly across the road from La Brique Military Cemetery No.1, La Brique Military Cemetery No.2 is far larger, and was in use for much longer, than its neighbour.

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La Brique Military Cemetery No.1

It doesn’t matter which route, nor which direction, you take out of Ypres (Ieper), you will soon come across British military cemeteries at the side of the road, and the road to Pilckem, away to the north east of the … Continue reading

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The Road to Passchendaele Part Two – Track X Cemetery

Track X Cemetery is sited in what was once No Man’s Land prior to 31st July 1917, the opening day of the Third Battle of Ypres.  The distance between the opposing trenches at this point was little more than a … Continue reading

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The Road to Passchendaele Part One – Buffs Road Cemetery

It’s a grey, icy day in Flanders Fields, and the sky looks leaden with snow, but, as you know, your intrepid adventurers rarely let such minor inconveniences deter us.  Oh no, we’re hardy folk, and this afternoon we ‘re out … Continue reading

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The Belgian Sector Part Twelve – Diksmuide

Our tour ends in Diksmuide, where the new Yser Tower looks down on the remains of the old Yser Tower.  All will be revealed.

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The Belgian Sector Part Eleven – The Trench of Death

No, not the Trench of Death, but one of the many water channels that criss-cross this part of Flanders.  This photograph shows you how close to the surface the water table is around here, and why trenches had to be … Continue reading

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