Flemish Fields

Hello all,

Baldrick here.

Surely you’ve seen my picture taken in posts past.

M and I have been visiting countless cemeteries throughout the South-West of Flanders in the last, oh say, 8 years, all the way down to the North of France.

There was mud and cold, there was anger, snow, angry farmers, sliding wheels and broken cameras. And there was redemption by the  side of a Grimbergen at the end of the day. I’ve learnt a lot about WWI from a British perspective through M.

I myself have a story to tell from the Flemish side. A dark story that involves a wife killer butcher who, between ’14/’18, fell under either German or British jurisdiction, and was subsequently released from jail, right when the war ended.

I’ve still to verify sources for now though, so hang on.

In the mean time, check out this splendid 12-part Flemish TV-series, aptly entitled In Vlaamse Velden.

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And Still Men Die

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Spare a thought, good people, for the two workers killed earlier today when a shell exploded on a construction site near Ieper (Ypres), and of their injured colleagues, one of whom is now in hospital fighting for his life. The Great War still claims victims to this day.

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St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery

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St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery. Continue reading

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La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery

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On the south side of La Plus Douve Farm the second of the two cemeteries here… Continue reading

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Ration Farm (La Plus Douve) Annexe

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Half a mile east of Wulvergem, just south of the road that leads towards Messines (now Mesen), this farm down in the valley of the River Douve plays host to two CWGC cemeteries. Continue reading

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Night Comes In

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Spot the Cross of Sacrifice.  Sunset at Ration Farm (La Plus Douve) Annexe.

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Flanders Fields, January 2014

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Flanders report, 24-27 January 2014:  Over the course of the weekend Baldrick and I visited 22 cemeteries… Continue reading

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