adept using Photoshop…
…so I have settled for a lamp post…
…and a preset filter.
The gentle slope…
…of this Bullecourt field…
…so peaceful and calm…
…was the scene of so much death…
…during World War I.
World War I.
British forces were gathered at the bottom
of the hill with their target,
the German Army, at the top of the hill.
mainly because British Officers forbade
their men to take cover as they rose from their trenches.
Apparently there were four or five of these abortive
attempts to take the high ground before
the generals in charge gave the okay
for soldiers to protect themselves from
the German Army’s enfilade fire
Cut hay, raked into windrows prior to baling.
A Rosella parrot.
Pink roses in an American
First World War Cemetery
at Bullecourt in France.
Can you imagine what it must have been like to be ordered…
out of the relative safety of trenches at Bullecourt
to march towards the German army lines…
…all the while knowing that German machine gun posts
were set up so that they could cut down
enemy soldiers marching up this rise.
Three or four attempts were made to reach the German lines
before the English officers allowed
Australian troops to protect themselves,
take cover etc while trying to advance..
Can you imagine the carnage?
It brings tears to my eyes every time I try.
The paddock was so peaceful and calm.
Millions of lives have been lost because of politics.
I pray it does not happen again.
all sport a verdant green undergrowth.
One of the shrubs in our garden.
On a more sombre note, on the far side of this field,
just before Pheasant Woods
was the site of mass grave in which
nearly 200 Australian soldiers were buried
after the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916.
It was indeed difficult to believe that
these Bullecourt fields were the sight of…
some bloody battles during World War I.
If my memory serves me well it is this field
where Australian/allied soldiers were ordered to advance
from the right, the lower ground,
to the German Army on the left, the higher ground.
They were ordered to walk ‘bolt up right’
into the might of the German military,
and not take any precautions for their own safety.
It was not until many waves of soldiers had been killed
that the British Officers said it would be okay for
soldiers to advance and try to protect their own lives as well.
It still brings tears to my eyes when I look at these scenes
and think about what happened there so long ago.
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As we approach ANZAC Day I thought of some
Toronto Avenue Cemetery.
Prowse Point Cemetery, Belgium
of the German Army, near Bullecourt.
also in the Bullecourt region.
Polygon Woods Cemetery.
Fromelles Military Cemetery.
Polygon Woods Cemetery.
Australian Memorial Villers Bretonneux.
Lest We Forget.
My contribution for this week’s challenge…
It is hard to imagine that these peaceful fields,
were once the scene of so much bloodshed.
The German Army was on this ridge…
with a clear view of the approaching opposition
which had to cross all this open ground.
Again it has been transformed into a quiet drive…
along original roads for tourists to hear
where their ancestors fought and died.
Some of these tourists surreptitiously create
small memorials to their ancestors.