The Somme – Fighting The Great War

Posted by Pat on April 9, 2017 in Travel |

 8 April 2017 It would be hard to choose the most brutal war, the most dehumanizing war, the most wasteful war. Perhaps Belgium should have the right to declare it. The Great War, World War Two, the Napoleonic wars, were savagely acted out on its flat, soggy soil. The farmland over which I watch the […]

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Verdun – Fighting The Great War

Posted by Pat on April 7, 2017 in Travel |

Men who fought here called it ”The Meat-Grindr.”  6 April 2017 I drive the Western Front. Names of towns and their historic significance batter me: Passchendaele, Ieper, Lille, Vimy, Peronne. VERDUN!  “They shall not pass.”  This is the infamous Argonne; it breaths the words of Erich Maria Remarque’s “All Quiet on the Western Front.” It […]

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