Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The Somme and Ypres
Three nights, four full days in north-eastern France and Belgium. Quite a sobering experience just to witness the graves and memorials to the hundreds of thousands of soldiers from WW1 whose bodies were never found.
Two facts about the war I never realised -
1) that tunnelling played a huge part in the war, whether digging tunnels under enemy trenches and laying explosives or getting troops to the front line without the enemy realising (as at Vimy Ridge)
2) that the Treaty of Versailles stipulated that only allied gravestones and crosses could be constructed of white stone. The Germans had to use black stone. Seems pretty despicable now but I suppose we're judging from a distance of 95 years.
And we never found Willie McBride...