The Somme – An Afternoon in Péronne

Here we are in Péronne on a beautiful spring afternoon with, what’s more, just enough time to show you a few things of interest in the town.  Continue reading

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Le Verguier & Maissemy – Two Stories of 1918

Just a few photos of rolling hills this post.  And two stories, one of defence, and one of attack.  Continue reading

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The Battle of the St. Quentin Canal & the Breaking of the Hindenburg Line – 29th September 1918

The road signs point to places with famous names to those with an interest in the Great War; St. Quentin one way, Cambrai the other, names that speak of the latter months of the war and the final Allied advance to Armistice. Continue reading

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Arras – 9th April 1917: A Walk to Observation Ridge

The spire of Arras church rises tallest on the horizon in this photograph, taken using the zoom, as we look west towards the city from what was once known as Observation Ridge. Continue reading

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A Return to Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard Extension

The last time we visited Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard Extension it was a grey, overcast summer’s day. Continue reading

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A Return to Hill 60 – The Victoria Cross Actions of April 1915

‘Though poppies grow in Flanders fields’.  And the poppies are no myth, although this tranquil scene, looking west towards the spires of Ypres (Ieper) away on the horizon, would have been one of utter desolation for much of the Great War.  A British trench named simply Trench No. 38 once ran across this field (at the base of Hill 60, behind us in this shot), roughly where we are standing, in effect looking over what would have been the trench parados towards the British rear area, and served as the front line, barring the trenches, shell holes and mine craters on the hill itself that were fought over by both sides throughout the first three years of the war.  ‘At the time we sometimes wondered what it was all for, this attack on what was called a hill but which to us at the time was merely a system of muddy trenches, shell-torn ground, and a haunt of death. The place was practically a cemetery, and hundreds must have been buried on the ground, it proving impossible, when digging trenches, not to disturb some poor fellow in his last long sleep.’ Lieutenant C. W. G. Ince, Adjutant, 2nd Bn. Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. Continue reading

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Brand New ‘Interactive Tour Maps’ Section

It has always seemed like a sensible move to, at some point, feature a proper Tour Maps section on this site, with Google maps of all the tours, a photograph of each location, and links from every location on the maps to the relevant post on this site.  And at long last, there is!  I mention it because if you fancy taking a look and letting me know if it all makes sense and works okay, I would appreciate it greatly.  The link to the new section can be found beneath the banner heading (above).  The photograph is just an excuse to show the closest I have ever come to the elusive Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, just outside Longueval on the Somme.

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