Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk254-Nightmare

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nightmare

a frightening or unpleasant dream.
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We often complain or are

frightened by a nightmare.

But many of our defence personnel

along with many civilians

have lived the nightmare

from which there was

no awakening.

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Pic-and-Word-Challenge_Wk254-Nightmare

A-Photo-a-Week-Challenge-Remembrance-Day

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In 2017 I visited the World War I…

…Western Front Battlefields in

France and Belgium.

My Paternal Grandfather served on

the Western Front during that conflict. 

 

 

Lochnagar is a privately owned ‘attraction’

created  after allied forces tunnelled

under Germany’s Army and detonated

25 tonnes of explosives.

 The crater is approximately 300 feet

in diameter by 90 feet deep

and is the only surviving crater

of many other such craters,

which are now filled in.

 

Along the boardwalk around the crater

are these small plaques commemorating

a family member who had served on

the Western Front during

The Great War. 

In 2017 each plaque cost

GBP25 or approximately $AUD45.

 

 

After several emails, the transfer of funds

and a few months waiting for

the ‘next batch‘ to  be placed,

I now have a small memorial

to my Grandfather on the battlefields

upon which he served.

 

 


Lest We Forget.

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A Photo a Week Challenge:….In-Memoriam

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Word-of-Day-Challenge-Recovery

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recovery

a return to a normal state of health,
mind, or strength.
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After ‘hosting’ major infantry fighting

in two World Wars…

…the recovery process still continues in

France’s Western Front Battlefields.

 

 

Many towns have small ammunition dumps

similar to this one.

These dumps contain unexploded ammunition

and shrapnel which farmers recover

while working their fields.

Dumps are emptied every three to four weeks

according to our guide.

 

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A-Photo-a-Week-Challenge-Opening

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In war movies underground bunkers

are depicted with oodles

of room move around.

These images of the Gibraltar Bunker,

near Pozieres (Somme Battlefields)

in France…

…clearly show the opening are barely wide enough for one person to walk along

without hitting each wall.

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A Photo a Week Challenge:  Opening

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Cee’s-FOTD-Challenge20-0425-ANZAC-DAY

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On

ANZAC DAY

It is appropriate to feature

Flanders Field poppies.

It wasn’t until my visit to the Western Front in 2017

that I realised how prolific these poppies are.

Like wildflowers turning fields of battle, red.

Found on

the Somme Battlefields

of France.

Word-of-Day-Challenge-Tear

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tear

a hole or split in something caused by it
having been pulled apart forcefully.

This hole in the ground,

known as Lochnagar Crater,

was created after British soldiers 

detonated 27,000 tons of explosives

under German lines during

World War I.

The force created a tear in the ground

measuring 220 feet (67 metres) diameter

and 450 feet (137 metres) across

Debris from the explosion rose

about 4,000 feet into the air.

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Word of the Day Challenge: Tear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOWChallenge-Surreal

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surreal 

a situation or experience that is surreal

is very strange and difficult to understand,

like something from a dream

I am choosing my visit to the

Western Front Battle Fields in 2017,

for this post.

 Seeing all the cemeteries we visited

and the names of the missing in action was

a reality check, if not surreal.

I created this photo for a

‘ghost’ challenge some time ago.

Every time I look at my Western Front photos,

it brings back memories of those now

tranquil French and Belgium fields,

  where death once ruled and they were

covered with bloody bodies.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Surreal

 

 

 

Cee’s-FOTD-Challenge19-0425-ANZAC-DAY

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On

ANZAC DAY

I felt it appropriate to feature

Flanders Field poppies.

It wasn’t until my visit to the Western Front in 2017

that I realised how prolific these poppies are.

Like wildflowers turning fields of battle red.

Found on

the Somme Battlefields

of France.