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

 

 

 

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A dog’s life.

Playing…

 

Eating…

…and eating again.

After expending all that energy,

it’s time for a sleep,

before starting all over again.

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ANZAC Spirit

(Australian & New Zealand Army Corps)

During my 2017 visit

to the World War I

Western Front Battlefields,

…I often saw this, but…

 

 

felt that someone was watching

over us as we toured.

ANZAC Day

April 25.

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Not the first time I have posted this photo…

however, even though I have created the ‘extras’, in this image,

I’m sure there are spirits of the fallen, lost and missing

standing guard over these cemeteries.

 

This is at the Thiepval Memorial for the missing

on the Somme Battlefields (1914-1918).

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Black and White Tuesday

ANZAC Week 2018

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Some ANZAC Day related posts this week.The Ayette, Indian and Chinese Cemetery.

I just could not get over how care goes

into maintaining these cemeteries.

 

 Headstones sitting shoulder to shoulder

indicate that all these lives were lost in one battle

and I think on the same day.

The age of most was 18-23 years.

No wonder my Grandfather was known as ‘old’

at the ripe old age of 28.

The Thiepval Memorial to

the French and British

missing on the Somme.

 My first look at how much these sites mean

to people of all ages from all parts

of the world.

 

 Children or Churches

remembering ancestors.

MY Grandfather survived World War I

however, he now has his own

small memorial in France.

Lest We Forget.

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Hope you enjoyed.

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Jo’s Monday Walk

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Authuille, France

 Last week I left the Thiepval Memorial…

with this shot.

 

 a view of the Anglo-French Cemetery at the Memorial.

300 French soldiers’ graves…

and 300 British Army graves.

In that era the term ‘British Army’ covered

all member nations of the British Commonwealth.

Most of the bodies interred at Thiepval

have been reburied here

after discovery on Somme Battlefields

between December 1931 and March 1932

South Africa, as a British Empire member nation

was mentioned in several sources during

my research into this post.

High up on the walls of the memorial

these wreaths may be found.

This one refers to the Battle of Ginchy

which occurred on September 9, 1916.

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 Maybe this doorway lead to a stairway

to the top of the Memorial.

 

As mentioned last week,

the Thiepval Memorial

was the first of its kind we visited.

Prior to this we had visited cemeteries

with ornate, at times, entrances,

but nothing to compare with Thiepval.

I was still coming to terms with this type

of memorial left by relatives or visitors.

From a distance I thought they were something

someone had dropped, however upon closer

inspection each and everyone contained

the name of a soldier…

 

and a brief message from a visiting relative…

community member or organisation.

The Thiepval Memorial stands on one of the strongest

parts of the German front line, which was attacked

by 32nd Division on 1 July 1916 and held by 99th Reserve Infantry Regiment.

Thiepval was eventually taken by 18th Division

on 26 September 1916 in a well-planned operation

commanded by Major General Ivor Maxse.

The Thiepval Memorial is approximately 150 feet high

and was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and is the

largest of the Memorials built by the

Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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Authuille, France

 The Thiepval Memorial is dedicated to the

Missing of the Somme Battles.

It is an Anglo-French Memorial

dedicated to a total between 72,000 and 73,000

missing servicemen.

 

The number varies as some remains are identified.

The Thiepval Memorial is an Anglo-French battle memorial

to commemorate the joint 1916 offensive.

The British flag flies on the north side of the monument

while the French flag flies on the south side.

Although I confess that the flags could be

on the opposite sides to those stated.

I have read which sides the flags fly.

Naturally cannot find my source today.

In Australia the south side of anything is nearly always shaded,

logic tells me this should be reversed for the northern hemisphere.

This was our first encounter with tributes…

 such as these.

Whether students of  history…

or the mouths of babes,

the sentiments are the same.

 

Some of the 72,000 plus names listed on the  memorial.

I think I was in awe of this memorial and I/we

did not venture into the cemetery.

However, on the left are 300 French Graves,

 with all but 47 of them containing unknown solders.

While on the right are 300 British Empire graves.

Only 61 of these graves are named.

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