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.
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.