…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.
At Battle of Bullecourt during World War I…
…the German Army was dug in on the higher ground.
To win the battle the British army had a long advance
up the rise to overtake the german Army.
It was a costly exercise largely due
to the ineptitude of British commanders
and the experience of the German commanders.
After ‘hosting’ major infantry fighting
in two World Wars…
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.
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.
the Somme Battlefields
At 11 AM, on November 11th, 1918
War ceased in Europe.
The guns of the Western Front fell silent
after more than four years
been remembered as
Red Poppy, Armistice or Remembrance Day.
When we started daylight saving time
a few decades ago, there was some discussion
about remembering ‘an hour earlier’.
On the other side was a discussion that
either Australia had daylight savings time
during World War I, or it was
daylight saving in Europe.
I’m not sure if answer was found to that debate.
Now its a case of
Lest We Forget
at the eleventh hour,
of the eleventh day,
of the eleventh month.
Poppy from the Somme Battlefields,
a scene displayed on a water tower
And the Last Post at Menin Gate, Ypres.
Menin Gate Lions
actually belong to Australia….a 1936 gift,
to the Australian War Memorial
from the Mayor of Ypres.
This year the Australian War Memorial has
loaned them back to Ypres.
Lest We Forget~~~~~
…this booklet does provide similar information
in as much as it directs visitors to particular graves
in Western Front Cemeteries.
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.
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.
Bees will quite happily sting
in defence of their territory