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
At dawn of April 25, 1918 three years after the landing at Gallipoli, the Australian Imperial Force broken through the German entrenchment at Villers-Bretonneux in northern France.By the next day the town was secured creating a new front line to the east. The town did not fall into enemy hands for the rest of WWI, … More Forever Young
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
Dawn – Anzac Day 2015. When I was preparing the post on the Somme Battlefield a few days ago, I felt that it would be important on Anzac Day to be in a special place at dawn … Somewhere alone, and with time to watch the coming of the new day and reflect on the … More And in the Morning ….
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
Today marks the centenary of the commencement of WW1. These images are from my day on the Somme Battlefields, France in May 2013.“I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how peoples are … More Forever Young
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 ….
The Windmill site at Pozières. Today the village of Pozieres is a thriving community of 250 people located 150 km North West of Paris, and standing here in the rolling green countryside, it is hard to believe that you are at the centre of the Somme Battlefield, the heart of Australian battles in France. … More The Red Wine of War – Pozières
Weekly Photo Challenge The Community of Fallen Heroes – Somme Battlefield, Villers-Bretonneux in Northern France.
This week's Travel Theme is DISTANCE The Battle of Hamel (4 July 1918) was a successful attack launched by the Australian Corps of the Australian Imperial Force and several American units against German positions in and around the town of Le Hamel in northern France during World War I. The battle was planned and commanded … More Travel Theme: Distance
This week's Challenge is Big Big Sacrifice ….. Pozieres The Battle of Pozieres was a 2 week struggle for the French village of Pozieres and the ridge on which it stands – during the middle stages of the 1916 Battle of the Somme. Pozieres is remembered as primarily an Australian battle. The fighting ended with … More Travel Theme: Big
This week's Photo Challenge is Fleeting Dew evaporates And all our world is dew So dear, So fresh, So fleeting ….. – Kobayashi Issa Fleeting Life – Australian War Cemetery Villers-Bretonneux. Somme Battlefield, Northern France “For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. In … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting
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