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line

a long, narrow mark or band.

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When I think of a line it is

usually a straight line…

…as at the Heath Cemetery on France’s WW I,

Western Front Battlefields.

However this depiction of the Hindenburg Line

is anything but straight.

As is this Le Hamel trench.

Some lines have long sweeping bends in them.

Even the Australian Memorial

at Le Hamel has a bend in it.

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Le Hamel, France

Last week we commenced a walk around…. 

the Australian Corps Memorial

at Le Hamel in France.

Along the walk to the Memorial is information…

relating to the battle and the tactics used by

General Monash to overcome German forces.

 

I was still not used to seeing people tending

these sites keeping them neat and tidy.

A surprise…but a very pleasant one…knowing that

our war Memorials in Europe are in

pristine condition all the time and not just

for a professional film crew, or photographer,

who happens to  be in the vicinity.

 

However, we eventually made it…

and noted that it sat silently overlooking

the village of Le Hamel.

 

This may be a politician speaking however,

it was tributes like this one,

to Australian soldiers,

which I found quite moving.

 

Had I not known we were in France,

this shot could have been taken

on a spring day in Australia,

or for that matter any rural area

throughout the world.

It is difficult to imagine the bloodshed

on these battlegrounds.

 

A short walk down this path and we came upon…

some of the trenches used during that battle.

 

None of them appeared to give as much cover

as I would like if someone had a rifle

or field artillery aimed at them.

 

Back for a final quick photo…yes, I was there…

 

 and then back to our vehicle and shade…

 

and off we drove through a sea of blood-red poppies

which grow wild in the region constantly

reminding all of the blood that was shed

on these fields/paddocks.

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Le Hamel, France

 Back in the Somme Battlefields this week.

There is a Sunday radio program which is

giving this area quite a bit of publicity as

100 year commemorations pass by.

Hence my return to The Western Front I am not exactly sure which way we turned here, however,

I suspect it was left as we had already visited

Villers Bretonneux.

On we drove until we came upon…

 

the small village of…

Le Hamel.

A right turn here had us heading through…

 

more peaceful farm land, until we  arrived…

 

at Le Hamel’s

Australia Corps Memorial Park.

 

Officially rededicated in 2008,

the parking area is…

 

several hundred metres from the memorial.

However, it is a slow walk as there is

plenty of information to be gleaned along the way.

 

I have included this photo for three reasons. 

First, I was based in Arras for the duration of my visit. 

Second, I had no idea these towns were all so close.

Third, my Grandfather was always associaated with:

Villers-Bretonneux, Amiens, Pozieres, Bullecourt,

Paschendale and Menin Road

 

General Sir John Monash was spoken of

with a great deal of reverence by our guide. 

Our guide claimed it was his tactics which

won the First Wold War.

 

During my lifetime I have often heard

how soldiers of both sides could hear 

conversations in the opposition trenches. 

This image shows the

Australian/British trench in blue while

the German trenches are in red. 

Note how close they near the words Villers-Bretonneux.

 

Now, note the scale of this map.

The trenches would have been

barely 150 meres apart at their closest points.

Still we were to visit trenches

which were much closer.

And all among what is now peaceful farming land. 

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