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dickaren
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4 hours ago, Michelle Young said:

Thiepval and V-B 

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VB looking back the other way towards Amiens May 2014

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Fattyowls
20 hours ago, JWK said:

If you told me this was the stage-set for this year's Wagner's "Ring des Nibelungen" I would have believed you

 

I can see exactly what you mean JWK, it's otherworldly.

 

5 hours ago, Jockbhoy67 said:

It was quite a surprise to hear this come trundling up the road with Teddy and Pheobe sitting on the front seats up top

 

I know that a modern London bus is a stereotype for measurement but I would genuinely like to see that vehicle against one of its modern equivalents; it looks not a lot bigger than a minibus. Interesting that it has still got the Liverpool St sign; having dodged buses around that famous terminus I know which I would prefer to get out of the way of.

 

Pete.

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tomisitt

Another alternative view: an aerial shot of Italian trenches on Pal Piccolo in the Carnic Alps.

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Fattyowls
1 hour ago, tomisitt said:

Another alternative view: an aerial shot of Italian trenches on Pal Piccolo in the Carnic Alps.

 

Unsurprisingly I've never seen anything quite like that Tom, but if you carve trenches out of solid rock they last. Good stuff.

 

Pete.

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Fattyowls
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On the subject of Villers-Bretonneux I think of it as the ultimate looking back the other way challenge.....

 

Exhibit 1: the view from the memorial looking back north eastwards over Hamelet and the Morlancourt ridge. The Richthofen crash site is just on the right edge of the woods across the river marked by a chimmbly.

 

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Exhibit 2: As I was looking at the view something on the centre right horizon caught my eye......

 

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Fattyowls

Exhibit 3: A little bit of photo processing revealed this: I would love to have the view looking back, I wonder if the Cambridges took any snaps while they were up there, or had their retainers take some?

 

Pete.

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Michelle Young

We're bidding farewell to Dad today, so here's a picture of my parents in happier days. 

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Fattyowls

Wonderful photo Michelle; we'll be thinking of you.

 

Pete.

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Don Regiano
1 hour ago, Michelle Young said:

We're bidding farewell to Dad today, so here's a picture of my parents in happier days. 

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Hope it goes as well as is possible in these times Michelle.

 

Princes Street was an objective of the RF when one of my wife's relatives was badly wounded by shrapnel in July 1916.

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horrocks

Very bucolic, Michelle. My best wishes to you.

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horrocks

The photos of the Alpine trench systems and the vestiges therein are remarkable.

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horrocks

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Looking back across the German lines towards Thiepval Wood, Ancre Marshes. I believe this area was called 'Summer House' and/or 'The Bump'. I can't imagine that there were actual trenches here, just desolation.

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Fattyowls
4 minutes ago, horrocks said:

I can't imagine that there were actual trenches here, just desolation.

 

And once the desolate marshes of Dagorlad. Great work as usual matey.

 

Pete

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horrocks
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1 hour ago, Fattyowls said:

 

And once the desolate marshes of Dagorlad....

 

On which topic...

 

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St.Pierre Divion

 

"For a moment the water below him looked like a window, glazed with grimy glass, through which he was peering. Wrenching his hands out of the bog, he sprang back with a cry. 'There are dead things, dead faces in the water,' he said with horror. 'Dead faces!' 'I don't know,' said Frodo in a dreamlike voice. 'But I have seen them too. In the pools when the candles were lit. They lie in all the pools, pale faces, deep deep under the dark water. I saw them: grim faces and evil, and noble faces and sad. Many faces proud and fair, and weeds in their silver hair. But all foul, all rotting, all dead. A fell light is in them.' " J.R.R Tolkien, The Lord of The Rings

 

More looking down than looking back, but never mind.

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Fattyowls
1 hour ago, horrocks said:

More looking down than looking back, but never mind.

 

Works for me. St Pierre Divion is another of those Somme locations like Courcelette where I've seen the sign but never followed it. Bazentin-le-Grand is another one.

 

Pete

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horrocks
16 minutes ago, Fattyowls said:

 

Works for me. St Pierre Divion is another of those Somme locations like Courcelette where I've seen the sign but never followed it. Bazentin-le-Grand is another one.

 

Pete

 

A lot of ghosts in those old marshes. And nightingales too, at this time of year.

 

St.Pierre Divion had, and still has, the vast undercroft that the Germans built to barrack hundreds of troops. It is somewhere beneath the reserve lines at the foot of the slope back up to the Ulster Tower.

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Don Regiano
55 minutes ago, Fattyowls said:

 

Works for me. St Pierre Divion is another of those Somme locations like Courcelette where I've seen the sign but never followed it. Bazentin-le-Grand is another one.

 

Pete

 

Pete.  When you do visit St. Pierre Divion, look out for the German helmet a resident has strung up on top of a pole!

 

View over the top of St. Pierre Divion from the track leading up to the Schwaben Redoubt, looking at the other side of the Ancre:

 

 

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Michelle Young

Thank you for the kind words. Yes it went well, with more than one Great War reference..........

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Fattyowls
38 minutes ago, Michelle Young said:

Thank you for the kind words. Yes it went well, with more than one Great War reference..........

 

Pleased about that Michelle; you all look after yourselves.

 

Pete.

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Fattyowls
2 hours ago, Don Regiano said:

Pete.  When you do visit St. Pierre Divion, look out for the German helmet a resident has strung up on top of a pole! View over the top of St. Pierre Divion from the track leading up to the Schwaben Redoubt, looking at the other side of the Ancre:

 

3 hours ago, horrocks said:

St.Pierre Divion had, and still has, the vast undercroft that the Germans built to barrack hundreds of troops. It is somewhere beneath the reserve lines at the foot of the slope back up to the Ulster Tower.

 

I seem to be spending a lot of time planning walks for when it's possible again. The last time I was there I took some uninspired photos of the Ancre and this.....

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But it was a hot day and an ice cream up at the Tower was irresistible. Next time it's down to the hamlet and up to the site of the Schwaben Redoubt with no ice cream. My body is now a temple (it used to be a fast food outlet).

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303man

The little bit different Cemetery on the Somme.  Experimental Scottish Red Sandstone. 

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Fattyowls

Now there was a time when I used to know where that was from memory. Now I would have to consult either the electrical interweb/Mr & Mrs Middlebrook's Guide/Before Endeavours Fade. As Perry Como sang 'Memories are Made of This'. Or was it Dean Martin. Or not as the case may be.....

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Knotty

Hi Pete

Dean Martin is the guy you’re after, you’re probably thinking of Magic Moments by Perry, although I’m led to believe that it was featured on a compilation album. However not being a connoisseur of Mr C, I may well be talking out of the wrong orifice😁

 

Martinsart British Cemetery?

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Fattyowls
10 minutes ago, Knotty said:

Hi Pete

Dean Martin is the guy you’re after, you’re probably thinking of Magic Moments by Perry, although I’m led to believe that it was featured on a compilation album. However not being a connoisseur of Mr C, I may well be talking out of the wrong orifice😁

 

Martinsart British Cemetery?

 

Thanks John. I did know that (the Dino Martini bit at least) because I looked it up yesterday; I'm writing something about memory so the song is part of the closing paragraph. I'm sort of rehearsing some of the gags. Perhaps I should work in a few of his quotes; "Your not drunk if you can lie on the floor without having to hold on" is a contender.

 

Martinsart it is, I don't remember having been there but I knew about the sandstone. You can take the boy out of geology but you can't take geology out of the boy......

 

Pete.

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