Silence Falls The echoes die,the smoke-clouds thin and pass,The cannons are, like statues, dumb and cold:Silent the crosses wait, and in the grassThe spent shells gleam like gold.All spent he lay and dreamed till the moment came:Now, waking with a cry, he looks, all wonderTo see the empty sky hurl down no flame:To hear no … More Soft, Shining Peace
ANZAC Day 2016 100 years ago, in the carnage of the Somme battlefield, Bois Grenier, Northern France, my great uncle Rudolph Schulstad wrote in his diary ….. “Commencing at 7.30 until 9.35 pm yesterday, we were under a terrific bombardment, the enemy sending on one sector about 8,000 shells varying from 6 inch to 9.2 inch. One came … More For the Fallen
As you stand in the Tower of the Australian National War Memorial at Villers–Bretonneux in Northern France, and gaze out over the wide rolling green and yellow fields of the Somme, it is difficult to picture in your mind how this landscape appeared to the soldiers who fought here in 1918. Only fading black and white … More Requiem for the Unknown
For we are young and free …. Thiepval Memorial for the Missing Villers Bretonneux – Australian War Memorial
Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is Numbers …. Prague Astronomical Clock At the outer edge of the clock, golden Schwabacher numerals are set on a black background. These numbers indicate Old Czech Time (or Italian hours), with 24 indicating the time of sunset, which varies during the year from as early as 16:00 in … More Travel Theme – Numbers
This week's WordPress Challenge is Containers …. These images were taken on Market Day in Rue Cler, Paris last May. The first one shows a collection of old tobacco tins mainly, and the second is a set of rubber stamp boxes
Forever Young – Australian National War Memorial, Villers–Bretonneux. Names of the 11,000 missing men of the Australian Imperial Force killed in France in World War I, with ‘no known grave'. You can find other interpretations of “letters” here ….
Weekly Photo Challenge The Community of Fallen Heroes – Somme Battlefield, Villers-Bretonneux in Northern France.
This week's Theme is Unusual Point of View Singapore Melk – Austria Amsterdam Thiepval – Northern France
Villers-Bretonneux Poziers Le Hamel Theapval Will they never fade or pass! The mud, and the misty figures endlessly coming in through the foul morass, And the grey flood-water ripping the reeds and grass, And the steel wings drumming. The hills are bright in the sun: There’s nothing changed or marred in the well-known places; … More The Somme Battlefield