Battlefields and War Memorials

Ypres and the Menin Gate Memorial

Written by on June 18, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials
Ypres and the Menin Gate Memorial

Standing under the great arch that is the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, I am surrounded by hundreds of people and yet it is silent. The roads have been closed on either side of this main route into and out of the town and everything seems eerily still. At this most poignant memorial, those who […]

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Anzac Day at Villers-Bretonneux in France

Written by on April 25, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials
Anzac Day at Villers-Bretonneux in France

Friday 25th April – L’ANZAC Day at Villers-Bretonneux. New Zealand expat in France, Donna Kerridge reports on the ceremony which takes place in the little French town that will be a little part of Australia forever… I was packing sandwiches and flasks of coffee at 1:15am this morning, in preparation for attending the ANZAC (Australia […]

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France Twenty Fourteen| Remembering the Great War

Written by on February 28, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials
France Twenty Fourteen| Remembering the Great War

The north east corner of France, Nord-Pas de Calais, and the rest of France will, in August 2014, be commemorating a century since the start of World War One. As this chapter in world history begins to slide into the murky ether of time, present generations will also be remembering the Great War… I am […]

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D-Day Anniversary football match – the Liberty Tournament

Written by on February 27, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials, Normandy
D-Day Anniversary football match – the Liberty Tournament

For the past several years in August, a soccer club located in Lower Normandy: the “Reveil Saint Germain de Courseulles” has hosted a soccer tournament involving French teams hailing from the small towns and villages scattered along the D-Day invasion beaches. This year, in response to the upcoming 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on […]

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70th Anniversary of D-Day Normandy

Written by on January 6, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials, Normandy
70th Anniversary of D-Day Normandy

To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the ensuing 100 days of the Battle of Normandy, the region of Normandy will be hosting an impressive calendar of special events. From March to September 2014 events including historical re-enactments, firework displays, military processions, concerts, exhibitions and much more will take place throughout Normandy. There […]

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The Deborah Tank at Flesquières, France

Written by on October 30, 2013 in Battlefields and War Memorials
The Deborah Tank at Flesquières, France

  I was fortunate to be invited to meet a French man with a passion for the history of World War I, a man who made an extraordinary discover in Flesquières in the Nord countryside in Cambrai. Philippe Gorczuynski, a local hotel owner (Beatus Hotel Cambrai), historian and author grew up in this area and […]

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World War 2 Sites Dunkirk

Written by on October 7, 2013 in Battlefields and War Memorials
World War 2 Sites Dunkirk

We look at some of the most visited Word War II memorial sites in Dunkirk. The town of Dunkerque on the northern tip of France just 49 miles from the UK coast line, was the scene of much fighting during World War II and saw the biggest evacuation of armed forces the world has ever […]

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Wilfred Owen remembered at a Forester’s House in France

Written by on October 3, 2013 in Battlefields and War Memorials
Wilfred Owen remembered at a Forester’s House in France

From 1914-1918, hundreds of thousands of soldiers got their last glimpse of Britain from Kent’s Channel ports as they were packed onto troop ships to join regiments across Northern France. Amanda Fisher took the same route to pay homage to one of those men. Two hours’ drive from Calais, I’m strolling along the bank of […]

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Seclin Fort | World War 1 Museum

Written by on September 30, 2013 in Battlefields and War Memorials
Seclin Fort | World War 1 Museum

  Hidden off the beaten track in the rural countryside of Nord, northern France is the site of the Seclin Fort, the last intact survivor of a ring of massive fortifications built to protect the city of Lille. This enormous building has a long and diverse military history and has even been the location for […]

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The Battle of Fromelles remembered

Written by on September 30, 2013 in Battlefields and War Memorials
The Battle of Fromelles remembered

Five more names were added to the serried ranks of stark white headstones at the Pheasant Wood military cemetery in 2013. Each grave is planted with a bright blood red rosebush. Amanda Fisher visits Frommelles, whose name is commemorated by Australians as representing the darkest 24 hours in their  history… The stones stand within a beautifully designed and maintained walled cemetery […]

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