World News – GB – Part 3: « My journey to the fields of World War I where my grandfather died smashed me »


Back on the bus, we passed the house of someone Sharon knew explaining how everything was undermined with trenches and so forth, and then proceeds to recount how, in 1999, the lady of the house drowned up her neck in the water when she was stuck in An old moat and were fortunate to be saved from the mud in time after only four years their bedroom sank 15 cm

We pass Polygon Wood, where nearly 6,000 Australian soldiers were killed or wounded in the battle. They were changed 15 times. We recall that 35 bodies were recovered last year, 70 in the previous year, five of which are Australian who believe their identities narrowed to seven possibilities. / p>

In Hellfire Corner, we remember that, on average (focus in this timeframe), a shell hits here every five seconds

Stop at Messines Ridge The effort here was extraordinary this time. With a smarter Canadian Plumer, the Allies dug 24 tunnels, the longest of which are 750 meters, and finally laid mines

Then they bombed the hills for two weeks and the Germans fired back and then at 300:00 on June 7 they stopped, and incredibly the Germans stopped. They thought the Germans might have winds from what they were about to do but moved on anyway.


At 3 o’clock in the morning they detonated mines with 20411 kilograms of ammonal and 3,175 kilograms of cotton wool in each hole, 19 of them exploded To this day, it remains the largest man-made earthquake ever

British historian Lynn MacDonald compiled first-hand accounts in her book they called Passchendaele – the story of the Third Battle of Ypres and the men who fought in it

Lieutenant J Todd of the 11th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment of the Prince of Wales, told MacDonald, “It was a terrible moment that we had a feeling,“ It won’t happen. ”And after that, the most amazing thing happened. The ground on which I was lying began to go up and down like an earthquake. This went on for seconds and then, suddenly, Mine Hill 60 rose in front of us ”

Eighty-five thousand soldiers attacked the ridge, losing 7,000 soldiers, but mostly, the Germans were shocked by the massive explosion that weighed 40 tons, and this was the most successful battle of the entire war

Of the five that did not explode, two were already bypassed, the Germans made a mistake and two in 1955 a tree hit lights and one of them exploded with a loud explosion.There’s still one somewhere.

Hitler served here, was a brave soldier, was awarded the Iron Cross Medal of the First and Second Classes and lost his testicle upon being shot. He worked in a field hospital for four years and was never promoted because he was not considered to have leadership potential.

In the next village there was a man named Winston Churchill when the Americans entered the war, a man named George Patton also arrived of course, just across the road was a man named Irwin Rommel in a radius of 8 kilometers, these men fought against each other, 30 years ago From repeating the same date

Our next stop is the Menin Gate. Here my grandfather is memorialized and from this gate, the carved lions in the 1930s by a grateful mayor of Iber have now removed and now adorn the entrance to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra

They have to send one Canadian off the bus later to take me as everyone waits later, Sharon will notice that he seemed to influence me and I freely admit it

In fact, I lost it and shocked at how agitated I was. She asked me if she could put a poppy plant on the site the next day I thank her profusely but I refuse the offer I later asked my grandfather’s name, in a way I doubt she’d put one there anyway later, say I If you come back the next day there will be poppies in there anyway, right? The way you look at me clearly indicates that there will be

We then visit a trench site in Lieber, dug by volunteer diggers and photographed by the BBC, which is why it’s saved from industrial development here you can really get a sense of just how terrible living here was there were two trenches next to one side I went forward, and from The other side, the bodies were returned. It was not helpful for the New Forces to see how they would end up

On this site, it is not bigger than the house I live in now, there is a plaque indicating that they discovered 155 corpses Sharon said it’s old now in fact that now 205 was here when they discovered the number 200 She’s not just excited about this tour, it’s emotional you can To see the pity in her eyes as she darted onto the bus as she hit the sides of her hands together

She commented on her later about how amazed I was that someone had been doing this 17 years ago, with only a break for her daughter, he could still feel so passionate about the role that she blames her for being a female, but it’s more than that

Our last stop where Valentine was buried, Joe Strudwick lied about his age, so he recruited when he was fourteen years old, was wounded, returned home, came back again, and died at the age of fifteen Often this grave appears to school children, and many They are bigger than they were when they died. That’s why there are so many poppies here.

It’s also where John McCray spent most of the war, enlisting when he was forty years old he was a doctor and worked hard, sometimes for 72 hours straight in the end he ended up in the Somme where he died of influenza, and bought him out of exhaustion, but before To Go Small Piece Books His Canadian classmates have learned this piece by heart in nearly every school in their country

Sharon tells us later that poppies grow in troubled fields and where there is no competition and hence they have thrived in this area during the war

In Flanders fields puffs poppies
Between the crosses, row by row,
That define our location; And in the sky
Larks, still courageously singing, fly
Seldom heard amid guns below

We are dead short days ago
We lived, we felt the dawn, we saw the sunset glow,
Beloved and loved, and now we are lying,
In Flanders Fields

I bear our disagreement with the enemy:
To you from failed hands we throw
Searchlight; Be yours to raise it
If you violate our faith who will die
We will not sleep, although poppies grow
In Flanders Fields

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World News – Britain – Part 3: « My journey to the fields of World War I where my grandfather died broke me down »



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