kerry Posted 26 May , 2004 Share Posted 26 May , 2004 I visited the Croonaert Wood/Bayernwald cleaned up site. Looking through the fence I saw that it was nothing like the natural state trenches that were there when I last entered the site in March 1997. I note also that the old house is now a pile of rubble, having clearly and obviously been demolished and left. I am sure that many, many folk have worked hard at revamping this site and I applaud them for their hard work and for the local/regional funding they secured to provide the wooden shelter and entrance area. However, this new site excludes a good two thirds of the original trenches, which appear, at first glance, as to be clean, sanitized versions, similar to that at Yorkshire trench, their cleanliness being so far removed from the original it is hard to imagine what they must really have been like. I was also disappointed that once having arrived, you then have to travel somewhere else to get the key, then journey back again. Not being familiar with the area I had no idea how long it would take to go to Heuvelland to get the keys, from whom, or even if the place to get the keys, would be open. All in all this puts me in a quandary as to where to take my Army Cadets. I refuse on principle to go to Sanctuary Wood owing to the cosmetics that have taken place there and which we have previosly discussed in these pages, and because of the unacceptably high prices for everything, including entrance. For example, 3 postcards there cost me 5 Euros, whereas 3 bought in Ypres cost 1 Euro 50 cents. Enogh said. The new 'dugout' within the Chateau at Zonnebeke is well constructed but lacks the realism impact because one is conscious all the way around it that actually you are still in a rebuilt chateau. Apart from the rather clean show trench at Yorkshire Trench, is there any other place on the Salient where the uninitiated can get a grasp of external trench systems that are not overly sanitized and all vegetation cleared? Kerry Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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