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              Nieuport Ramskapelle

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              Franse Aas der Azen: René Fonck
              Chasseurs Alpins, Franse Alpenjagers
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              Hoe Sgt. Kunze Fort Douaumont
                 veroverde op 25-02-1916.
              Frank Hurley: Fotoshoppen In 1917
              De Kaiserschlacht,
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              Herdenking Op Douaumont 2008
              Wapenstilstand 1918 -90 Jaar Geleden
              Vijfde Lustrum WFA Nederland,
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              Der Rote Baron Versus Flyboys 
              De Fantomen van Landowski
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              Generaal Von Lettow Vorbeck
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              Google Earth 
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              De Wolfsberg - le Hamel
              Overleden Veteranen
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              Kerstbestand 1914
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              De Tekenaar Hansi
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              Nationaliteit Kwijt?
              Beloond Geduld
              Prins Harry Naar Irak
              De Arm Van De Kaiser
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              Kamp Flabas
              Eerherstel voor "Deserteurs"
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              Moslimmonument in Verdun 
              De Slag aan de Somme
              De Tunnel van Tavannes
              Kapitein Joost van Vollenhoven
              Huis Doorn
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              Raadselachtig Ansichtkaartje I 



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              I thank you for visiting my website and, in advance, I thank you for your effort to write your reactions below in the “YOUR REACTIONS” box.


              Christine GG op 24-02-2008 18:13
              Hi Pierre,
              Congratulations with your new website. I do hope it will attract even more visitors with an interest for the Great War.
              I wish you a lot of motivation to continue your long lasting effort to transfer all the pages to this new site. As you have shown, you are still able to edit more new pages, which were not yet published, like the one about the German Bunkers in Shrewsbury Forest..
              Good Luck!
              Your “always loyal assistant and patient driver” ,
              John Pearcy op 25-02-2008 21:15
              Hello Pierre,
              Good luck with the new website, look forward to seeing more great photos and articles.
              Kind regards,
              Pierre op 26-02-2008 11:41
              @ John. Thanks, John, for your reaction and your good wishes!
              Pierre op 02-03-2008 23:42
              Mark G. from Canada wrote:
              "Congradulation's this is a very nice bit of work.
              I like the new site , I liked the old one as well . Alot of work .
              Next time you are in Sanctuary wood's there was a Canadian General Mercer Killed with his staff during the 1916 Battale's he commanded the 3rd Division and was in the Front lines inspecting report's of a German builup.He and his staff were killed in the pre-attack baombardment. His Head stone and his staff's may be the only solid line of Officer's buried in a Commenwealth Cemetary. He was Canada' only General officer killed during the War. I knew his nephew , he served in WW2 and never made a big deal about his uncle , After his passing I found out it was Mercer.
              I hope all is well with you and you are keeping busy .
              I hope to talk to you again soon
              Mark G." / Unquote
              Thanks, Mark, for your encouraging words!
              I will shoot a photograph of the headstone next time, I visit Sanctuary Wood.
              Pierre op 26-03-2008 00:25
              Iain Cameron from England of the recommendable website "Battlefields Europe"wrote me this email.
              Dear Pierre,

              I have just had my first look at your new website (sorry I have been very busy lately). It looks tremendous! I look forward to going back to see more of your articles but my first impression is very favourable!
              I have added a few new articles & photographs to my own website recently which you and some of your readers might be interested to look at.

              All the best,
              Iain (Battlefields Europe)
              Marco op 06-04-2008 10:53
                 Congratulation for this new website , your work is great !!
              from an Italian "friend"  Marco
              Pierre op 06-04-2008 12:56
              @ Marco. Grazie mille, Marco! I really do appreciate your message! Thanks.
              op 11-04-2008 23:13
              Thank you from USA for all the hard work to produce a most excellent site!
              Jim Howell, USN, Retired
              Pierre op 12-04-2008 00:25
              @ Mr. J. Howell. You are welcome, Mr. Howell. Thank you for your message of appreciation!
              colin op 12-04-2008 16:09
              hi have just found your very good website ,a fantastic mine of information
              great photographs and transcription,s , with the information whithin your site
              i will be comming to visite some of the place,s i have read about .
              thank you
              Pierre op 12-04-2008 20:25
              @ Colin. You are welcome, Colin. Thanks a lot for your enthusiastic message.
              Anita Gabrielle op 26-04-2008 17:44
              Hi Pierre
              Thank you for your email, but the link to your other address is not working and my mail to you is being returned. I would like to send you the photo but can't seem to do it!
              Ned Stephenson op 25-05-2008 07:49
              Hi Pierre,
              great website. Congratulations; all your hard work shows.
              Thank you for putting so much information here. I was doing a web search for my great-grandfather and it led me to your site. He even gets a mention by you! I was surprised to learn that he has a memorial placed at the spot where he was killed.
              One day I would like to visit Corbie cemetery, and now thanks to you, I should also like to see the memorial. It may take some time though as I live in Australia!
              Oh, I guess I should say who my great-grandfather was. My father's mother was Gloria Congreve, Billy Congreve's daughter. As Billy and my great-grandmother were only married 7 weeks before he was killed, I guess I'm lucky to exist at all.
              Thanks again
              Pierre op 12-06-2008 15:42
              @ Anita. I changed and improved the link to my email adress.
              Try it again, please.
              Pierre op 12-06-2008 15:48
              @ Ned Stephenson. Thank you for your compliments , Ned. It is great work to manage this website with receiving such nice reactions like yours.
              It is of course an honour to receive here a great-greatgrandson ofBilly Congreve and Sir Walter Congreve!
              I am very glad that my information wasso helpful for you, Ned.
              I really do hope you will be able one time to visit these commemorable spots along the Somme front.
              Thank you very much, Ned, for your reaction!
              stijn op 13-06-2008 18:10
              Hi Pierre,
              Nice photographs you have from you're Journey!
              Good Luck with you're wonderfull new and improved website!
              Pierre op 14-06-2008 12:40
              Roberto Garcia from Spain wrote me yesterday:
              "Pierre,gracias por tu gran trabajo en la recopilación de datos y fotografias.
              Tienes mucha suerte en hacer lo que mas te gusta y ademas acompañado de tu mujer.
              Estoy seguro de que todos los valientes que participaron en esta cruel guerra te estan rindiendo homenaje desde el lugar en que se encuentren.
              Saludos y ánimo en tu trabajo.

              Pierre, thank you for your hard work in collecting data and photographs.
              You have much luck in doing what you like most and also accompanied by your wife.
              I am sure that all the brave who participated in this cruel war we are paying tribute from the location.
              Greetings and encouragement in your work.


              Thank you!"
              @ Roberto.

              Gracias por tus palabras de aliento. Le agradezco su mensaje mucho.
              Otra buena razón para mi trabajo aquí para continuar.
              Una vez más, gracias, Roberto!!!

              Pierre op 16-06-2008 13:31
              Tony Higton from England wrote me last Saturday:
              "Dear Pierre,
              I found your photos evocative, and as I look at your photos' I can almost believe that I am there. Looking at your phots of the Vosage it has wetted my appetite to go to that area, the furthest I have been is St Mihiel .
              Well done! I think that you have one of the best Great War web sites on the net.
              In two weeks today I will be travelling to the Somme for a week, and staying with friends at Hardicourt Aux Bois, I will also be at the 1st July services at Lochnagar, Thiepval and at the Ulster Tower, but I then want to look at more of the French sectors near Soissons.

              So for now I will say goodbye, but it will be nice to keep it touch.

              With kind regards to you,

              Tony Higton
              East Midlands WFA."
              Thank you, Tony, and of course we will stay in touch! Have a nice trip in the Somme, Bon Voyage!
              olivier MENAGER op 22-06-2008 17:13
              in French
              bonjour Pierre,
              je viens de visiter ce Website et je suis trés touché, trés ému par votre travail magnifique. Je suis né le 4 Aout 1959 à Coutances, en Normandie, région de Françe trés détruite par la seconde guerre mondiale. Je suis reconnaissant du travail que vous faite pour rendre hommage à la mémoire de tous les soldats tombés sur notre terre de Françe pour défendre notre liberté.
              De tout coeur je vous dis merci.
              Pierre op 23-06-2008 12:52
              @ Olivier Menager. Merci beaucoup pour votre message gentil. Je suis content, que vous avez remarqué, Olivier, quel travail, que j’ai eu. Mais mon travail n’est pas fini. Dans le avenir approchée je elargirai le website. J’ espère, que vous visiterez encore mon website un autrefois, après j’ai publié ici des pages nouvelles.
              Je connais aussi le région de Normandie, Olivier. Nous avons fait un voyage en 1996 le long des sites importantes et commemoratives de l’invasion de 1944, comme par example le Pont Pegasus près de Ouistreham et naturellement les plages.
              Encore merci, Olivier, que vous m’avez ecrit, et que vous avez bien compris mes intentions avec le website!
              PeterS op 21-07-2008 10:45
              Waarschijnlijk ken je het boekje wel, maar just in case....
              Momenteel lees ik via mijn plaatselijk bibliotheek het 14-18 boek. Een boek waar met behulp van foto's een beeld wordt gegeven van Belgen en België ten tijde van de Eerste Wereldoorlog.
              Iedere foto wordt voorzien van een klein verklarend stukje. Ondanks het onderwerp, een leuk boekje om te lezen.
              Pierre op 21-07-2008 10:53
              @ PeterS. Dank je wel voor de tip, Peter, maar dat boekje staat al een tijd in mijn boekenkast. Het is inderdaad een leuk boek met bijzondere foto's!
              Leuk, dat je ook hier langs bent geweest! Bedankt!
              Rob Piera op 13-08-2008 18:58
              Hallo Pierre ! Wat een fantastische site ! Dank zij Tino ben ik nu ook van de partij. Ik kan niet meer zo goed mee, dus excursies lukt niet meer. Ik bewonder je kunde en enthousiasme zeer en dank je uitvoerig voor al dit moois.
              Pierre op 14-08-2008 00:21

              @ Rob Piera. Rob, bedankt voor jouw aardige reactie. Ik krijg wel vaker post van mensen, die om een of andere reden niet in staat zijn om zelf het front te bezoeken. Uiteraard doet het mij een genoegen om vooral ook die mensen, zoals jij, een plezier te doen en mijn indrukken met hen te delen.

              Nogmaals bedankt voor jouw motiverende bericht, Rob.


              Pierre op 18-08-2008 15:27
              Mr. Teddy Colligan wrote me:
              "Great photos as usual
              Thanks from THE ULSTERTOWER
              You are welcome, Mr. Teddy, and thank you for your kind lines.
              Pierre op 19-08-2008 21:26
              Mr. Millard Greer from the USA wrote me:
              "Dear Mr. Pierre,
              One year ago this week my wife and I were experiencing a dream come true. Visiting World War 1 sites and walking over the same soil that my late father fought over in 1918 while serving in the 5th Infantry Division of the AEF. I was so excited while visiting these sites that I thought my heart wouldjump out of my chest. I photographed as fast as I could while listing to our guide explain wherewe were and what was taking place in 1918.
              After we returned I have re read my notes re viewed our pictures and videos with much interest. Having done this I now realize that I still missed so much and at my age of 75 a return trip is just about impossible. But this is not the end to my travels as one might expect! I have discovered your site I am now able to travel tomany more places of interest with perhaps one of the most knowledge people on this subject, and FREE of charge.
              Thanks seems to be soinadequate for what you have added to my enjoyment and knowledge, but
              I willsay, thank you so very much as I can not think of a better expression.
              Millard Greer
              Georgia USA"
              You are welcome, Mr. Millard, and thank you for your kind message.
              Pierre op 26-09-2008 20:55
              Darcy Mccannel fromBritish Columbia, Canada, wrote me:
              "Dear sir I just want o thank you for making your wonderful western front pictures available. Some of us will never be able to travel to France. Again so your website is a very valuable resource.
              Thanks again, Pierre.
              Best regards, Darcy Mccannel, New Westminster, BC.Can"
              Thanks a lot, Darcy, for your motivating message!
              Pierre op 13-12-2008 21:46
              Bill C. from Western Australia wrote us:
              "Hello Pierre and Christine: May I take this opportunity to wish you and your readers a Very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Thank you Pierre and Christine for some excellent photographs and written comments. Also my thanks to your contributors who help keep this one of the best World War 1 sites, particularly LÜKEjaywalker and other regulars.
              Merry Christmas everyone, see you in the New Year!
              ... Bill Chaloner
              Western Australia"
              Also from Christine: Thank you, Bill, for your words of appreciation, and a Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year for you too!
              Christine & Pierre
              Gareth op 20-02-2009 08:55
              A very nice site & full of information thanks a lot for taking the time to create it.
              Pierre op 20-02-2009 19:19
              @ Gareth. It isa joy for me to work on this website, even more of coursewith such positive reactions like yours. Thanks, Gareth.
              op 21-02-2009 22:59
              A very good site, which I enjoyed looking at, I was at the Ulster Tower last 11 Nov 08 with a party from The Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum Armagh.Which we all thoroughly enjoyed. Well done a good site, will visit again.
              Pierre op 22-02-2009 12:22
              @ Joe Armagh. Thank you, Joe. I have seen your pictures of your visit to Thiepval Wood and Mr. Teddy of 11-11-08 on the Great War Forum. Please , revisit my website, Joe, whenever you like.
              Thanks again!
              Pierre op 13-03-2009 17:19
              Schmeerkees, my loyal Dutch visitor, wrote me:
              "Dear Pierre, last weekend I was in West Flanders. Inspired by your website I have visited Shrewsbury Forest and did found indeed the bunkers along the edge of the forest. Here and there I have seen some huge hits. Also visited some other things that I've missed previous times. Polygon Forest (Johan Vandewalle extensive conversation, the co-author of "Beneath Flanders Fields" and former member of The Diggers), Railway Wood, huge craters, the Lettenberg, the Last Post at Ploegsteert, Rampards museum etc. In short, thanks to your input we had again a nice weekend.
              Schmeerkees' original, Dutch text:
              "Beste Pierre, Afgelopen weekend ben ik in West Vlaanderen geweest. N.a.v. je website heb ik o.a. Shrewsbury Forest bezocht en inderdaad de bunkers langs de rand van het bos gevonden. Hier en daar wat flinke voltreffers gezien. Verder wat andere dingetjes bezocht die ik voorgaande keren gemist heb. Polygoon Bos (Johan Vandewalle uitgebreid gesproken, de medeschrijver van "Beneath Flanders Fields" en ex-lid van The Diggers), Railway Wood; enorme kraters, de Lettenberg, de Last Post bij Ploegsteert, Rampards museum enz. Kortom, mede dankzij jou inbreng weer een mooi weekend gehad. Vriendelijke groet, SchmeerKees."
              Thanks alot,Schmeerkees, for your message. I am glad my information has been so useful!
              Ik ben blij, dat mijn informatie zo bruikbaar is geweest!
              S.M.Joglekar op 07-04-2009 18:06
              Dear pierre,
              Hats off to your exceptional website, which has given tremendous exposure to the Great War sites in Europe. I have one suggestion for you. Why don't you include some details of how to reach these sites without a car. I am from India, and planning to visit some of these sites in May / June 2009. I cannot drive a car and am totally dependent on Railways / Public Transport / Walking.. I know that many of these sites are in deep forests and may not be reachable without a car. But atleast a few could be visited. I desperately need this info. I am sure that like me, many others would love to get these details. Thanks once again.
              Shrikrishna Joglekar
              Pierre op 08-04-2009 14:40

              @ Shrikrishna Joglekar. Thank you, Shrikrishna, for your kind words.

              I have been considering your suggestion seriously. After thinking about the possibilities of Public Transport in France and Belgium, I have come to the conclusion, that I would be forced to update all pages every half year. Schedules, numbers, and timetables of trains and busseschange at least once, or sometimes twice a year. Besides, the busses in France pass often with long time intervals of some several hours.

              I would like to advise you, Shrikrishna, to visit the tourist office in your temporary residence, or "base of operations". They can also help you out with interesting walking routes concerning WW1.

              In my page about Acknowledgements you will find some Battlefield Guides (the Holt's) , based on travelling by car, which still may be also useful with planning your trip in advance.

              Thanks again for your reaction.


              Pierre op 17-04-2009 18:34
              Gerard H. from the Netherlands wrote me yesterday:
              "Good day,

              In this way I want to say to you that your website is very good, especially yourstory about the battle of Verdun and Argonne is very good.

              I'm just like you are interested in WW1, and I have already visited several times Verdun and the flanks (les Eparges, St Mihiel, etc.).

              My interest is in finding evidence of life; a hinge, barbed wire etc. and then only to photograph it and to capture it. As you say on your site; the whole front line is filled with monuments and graves and essentially the entire front line can be seen as a great military field of honour.

              Good luck!

              Gerard H."

              Gerard's original Dutch text:
              "Goeden dag, ik wil u langs deze weg zeggen dat uw website over vooral de slag bij verdun en aragonne heel goed is, ik zelf ben net als u geinterreseerd in WW1, en heb zelf al verscheidene malen Verdun en de flanken (les eparges, st mihiel enz...) bezocht.
              Mijn interesse is vooral in het zoeken naar bewijzen van leven, een scharnier, prikkeldraad enz en dan alleen om te fotograferen en vast te leggen, daar zoals u op uw site zegt de gehele frontlinie vol ligt met monumenten en graven en in wezen de gehele frontlinie gezien kan worden als een groot millitair ere terrein.

              Veel succes,

              Gerard H."
              Thank you, Gerard, for your kind reaction!
              Pierre op 18-06-2009 15:26
              The American Battlefield Guide, Gary D. Waer, from California wrote me this week:
              "Dear Pierre,
              Have visited your web site again. You have a wonderful collection of fine pictures, as do I. Should you need any early pictures around Verdun when the forts were all still accessible, let me know.

              I am the fellow you met at the lunch Café next to the Ossuary. I was with the British gentleman. We had a great 3 week trip, and I may be back in September.

              It was nice meeting you and your wife,
              Best Regards,
              Gary D. Waer, Ph.D."
              Thanks, Gary, for your kind words. Of course we do remember our meeting at the lunch café with you and Tim Courtenay. Thanks also for your offer, Gary!
              Mrs. Grande Guerre sends you her greetings.
              Pierre op 18-06-2009 15:32
              Robert Mueller from Illinois of frenchbattlefields.com wrote me this week:
              "Dear Pierre,
              Congratulations on another tour de force! Your work on WW I battlefields is truly remarkable and we all benefit from you diligence.I also must again thank you for the link to my website.
              Regards to Christine,

              Robert Mueller
              Thanks, Robert, for your kind message. Christine sends you and your wife, Nancy, her best regards.
              Detlef Bussat op 22-08-2009 12:22
              Hallo Pierre, eine sehr schöne und gelugene Webseite hast Du da. Glückwunsch. Bin begeistert von deinen vielen Bildern gerade rund um die Vogesen.
              Schöne Grüße aus dem Schwarzwald/Germany
              Pierre op 22-08-2009 12:41
              @ Detlef B. Danke schön, Detlef. Es ist mir immer ein Vergnügen solch eine Reaktion zu bekommen! Die Seiten im bezug auf die Vogesen werde Ich später noch erweitern. Ich hoffe das Sie noch zurück kehren wollte für diese „Updates“ der Zukunft.
              Weiter habe Ich (nur kurz) gesehen, dass Sie selbst, Detlef, eine interessante Website gemacht habe, der Ich sicher später verlängert besuchen soll.
              Nochmals vielen Dank für Ihren anpreisende Reaktion!
              Herzliche Grüße aus Amsterdam!
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