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My WW1 tour of the Somme

Article about: Hello Here are some pics of my first tour at the somme: First, we stopped at Mametz: Dantzig Cemetry at Mametz, if you look very close to the horizon, you will see an other cemetery: The yon

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    Hello

    Here are some pics of my first tour at the somme:

    First, we stopped at Mametz:




    Dantzig Cemetry at Mametz, if you look very close to the horizon, you will see an other cemetery:


    The yongest one on this cemetery, he is not forgetten:


    This is not a photoshop pic, but its fog:


    From mametz to pozieres, we were passing a little town and did see a scotish Monument:





    Kind regards Vincent

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    after that little town, we stopped at Pozieres


    An australian Monument at Pozieres:






    Not far from there, there were building a house. curious as i am, i was looking in the dirt after some battlefield objects. I found a .303 cardridge case for a Lee enfield.

    There are also some ruines of the "fort Poziéres":


    Kind regards Vincent

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    Next stop is the monument of Thiepeval, the visitors entrance:


    The scale model of it, wait untill you see the real deal:


    2 Repro VC's:


    Entrance to the memorial park:


    Can you see te monument?


    This is what I call a huge monument:


    And this is me, standing in front of it:


    On every wall, are name's listed (like the menin gate)


    The englesh graves:


    The french graves:


    Looking from the cross of sacriface towards the monument:


    This picture is made, 30minutes after the first pic of the monument:


    Kind Regards Vincent

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    Very interesting! Thanks for sharing it with us
    Regards,
    Dimas

    my Skype: warrelics

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    On our way to go home, we passed again trough Pozieres.
    These are the last pictures that i made:

    The tank monument:


    Some of the tanks:




    Right in front of it, you have the windmill monument. As stupid as i am, i took picture's of every sign, but not of the overal monument.
    Here is a picture I find on the internet:


    These are the pics I made of the monument:








    and, again, as curious is I am, I'm walking around this monument, looking for other signs of the battlefield. And I found one: a pigtail. I put it in the car, an now its one of my pride's in my collection (together with my .303 cartridge case):

    The other stuff around it are things i have found at battlefields or get from people who dig, if you look at the german ersatz head, you see the .303 cartridge case i found.

    Kind Regards Vincent

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    Great set of photo's I'm sure your visit was moving. The mist and bare trees added to the sombre atmosphere of the sites.
    LUCKYSTRIKE

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    The Scottish memorial you have posted is in Contalmaison and commemorates Macraes Battalion the 16th Bn of the Royal Scots, a Pals Battalion from Edinburgh who reached the village on 1/7/1916 the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The Battalion contained most of the Heart of Midlothian football team

    The fort in Pozieres is the famous " Gibraltar " Blockhouse , ten years ago much more was onj view and you could go down into it , the main part of it is 30 feet underground !!.

    The Tank memorial is in the village of Flers and commemorates the first ever use of the Tank in Battle during the Battle of Flers / Courcelette on 15/9/1916.

    I have been to the Somme over 20 times but not this year , your photos are reminding me i must go again soon

    regards

    Paul
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Forgot to mention the massive Thiepval Memorial has the names of over 73,000 men who are missing in action on the Somme

    This figure is the British and commonwealth only !!

    Bodies are recovered all the time from this area both British,German and French , i found a German in Boom Ravine in 2006,

    regards

    Paul
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Quote by Paul E View Post
    The Scottish memorial you have posted is in Contalmaison and commemorates Macraes Battalion the 16th Bn of the Royal Scots, a Pals Battalion from Edinburgh who reached the village on 1/7/1916 the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The Battalion contained most of the Heart of Midlothian football team

    The fort in Pozieres is the famous " Gibraltar " Blockhouse , ten years ago much more was onj view and you could go down into it , the main part of it is 30 feet underground !!.

    The Tank memorial is in the village of Flers and commemorates the first ever use of the Tank in Battle during the Battle of Flers / Courcelette on 15/9/1916.

    I have been to the Somme over 20 times but not this year , your photos are reminding me i must go again soon

    regards

    Paul
    I remember it, when you say it to me.
    Their was at the dantzig cemetery a Welsh guy, and he told me that he became interested because of the participation of the best football team from the 20th century.
    He told me alsow, that he was once at a cemetery, and surching for a Welsh name, he found a name in the books of the cemetery, and there was an adress in it. he wrote it down en surch the home of that soldier.
    The house still exist and he passes it every day when he go to work.

    Kind Regards Vincent

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    A well known professional footballer from the time of the First World War Donald Bell won the Victoria Cross on the Somme on 5/7/1916 but was killed soon after

    Photo of Donald Bell and his memorial at Bells Redoubt.
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    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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