PIERRE's PHOTO IMPRESSIONS of the WESTERN FRONT
1914-1918
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              De Rode Duivels

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              Armistice Clearing Compiègne

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              Cambrai

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              Colmar and Hansi, the Illustrator 

              The Red Baron's Crash Site

              Canadian National Vimy Memorial

              SOMME 1918 The Australians

              Fricourt Archeological Excavations

              Traces of Bairnsfather  - Xmas Truce

              Yorkshire Trench and Dugout

              Bayernwald Trenches Inside

              Maple Copse Cemetery 

              LINKS TO ALL
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              AISNE 

              Chemin des Dames part 1 

              Chemin des Dames part 2 - Dragon's Cave

              Chemin des Dames part 3     

              ALSACE LORRAINE

              The Gap of Charmes - La Trouée de C.

              Avricourt - Leintrey - Reillon - Montreux - Parux 

              Montreux German Front Walk

              The Battle of Morhange - 1914

              French Bunkers - Mnt. Grand Couronné 

              South of Metz - German Bunkers -

              Feste Wagner 

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              Tête du Violu - Bernhardstein

              Chaume de Lusse - Haute de Faîte

              Bertrimoutier - Frapelle  

              Ban de Sapt - La Fontenelle

              Senones - la Roche Mère Henry

              Col de la Chipotte - de la Chapelotte

              The Donon - Bunkers - Dug-outs

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              Col du Bonhomme Col de Mandray

              Tête de Faux - Buchenkopf 

              Col du Wettstein - Schratzmännele

              Lingekopf - le Linge  

              Kleinkopf - Barrenkopf 

              Hohrodberg-Giragoutte-Trois Epis  

              Reichackerkopf  

              Munster Valley Petit Ballon  

              Le Tanet - Bichtstein - Villa Sidi-Brahim

              Route des Crêtes - Hohneck -

              Gr. Ballon - Sudelkopf 

              Hartmannswillerkopf - Vieil Armand  

              Guebwiller - Rimbach - Hirzstein  

              Moosch Nécropole Nationale  

              ALSACE SUNDGAU  

              Zillisheim Illfurth Largitzen Pfetterhouse 

              Burnhaupt-le-Bas Bunker Path     

              ARGONNE

              Mort Homme Côte 304

              Montfaucon- Romagne s/s Montfaucon

              Butte de Vauquois

              Haute Chevauchée

              The Bunker of the German Crownprince

              ARTOIS

              Illies - Wicres    

              Neuve Chapelle - Richebourg

              Aubers - 1915 

              Fromelles - 1916  

              Neuville-St. Vaast - Souchez

              Notre Dame de Lorette 

              Loos

              Arras Wellington Quarry

              Vimy Ridge

              Lichfield Crater

              CHAMPAGNE

              St. Hilaire le Grand Russian Cmty  Mont Navarin

              Sommepy Mont de Blanc Mont

              La Main des Massiges

              MARNE 

              Verberie Néry Villers Cotterêts  

              First Battle of the Marne   

              Belleau Wood - Château Thierry  

              Second Battle of the Marne

              SAINT MIHIEL

              Les Eparges Ridge

              Calonne Trenches Tranchée

              Fort de Troyon

              Apremont Forest Trenches

              Butte de Montsec

              Rémenauville Destroyed Village

              le Bois le Prêtre / das Priesterwald 

              SOMME British Sector

              SOMME INTRODUCTION

              Auchonvillers Trench

              Mine Craters Lochnagar Hawthorn

              Thiepval Memorial Mouquet Farm  

              Thiepval Wood - Ulster Tower

              Ovillers La Boiselle

              Hawthorn Ridge Beaumont Hamel

              Redan Ridge 

              Newfoundland Memorial Park  

              Serre Hébuterne 

              Sheffield Memorial Park Serre

              Gommecourt 

              Fricourt Deutsche Kriegsgräberstatte 

              Contalmaison 

              Mametz Wood 

              Trones Wood Montauban Guillemont

              Caterpillar Valley Longueval 

              High Wood Longueval

              Delville Wood Longueval

              Pozières  

              Martinpuich

              le Sars Butte de Warlencourt

              Flers Gueudecourt

              Adanac Canadian Cmty. Mireaumont

              SOMME French Sector 

              Bouchavesnes

              Rancourt Cimetière National

              Rancourt Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof

              Dompierre - Becquincourt Fay Soyécourt

              Flaucourt Biaches

              VERDUN

              VERDUN Citadel 

              Thiaumont - PC 118 & 119 - A 320

              Road To Fort Douaumont       

              Fort de Douaumont

              Douaumont Nécropole Nationale  

              Côte Froideterre - Les 4 Chéminées 

              Fort de Souville 

              Fort de Vaux 

              Tunnel de Tavannes Fort

              La Voie Sacrée

              Bois des Caures - Col. Driant's C.P. 

              Flabas German Reprisals Camp

              The German Camp Marguerre 

              Duzey German 380mm Artillery Base

              Destroyed Villages Bezonvaux - Ornes

              Azannes - Damvillers - La Grande Montagne 

              YPRES

              Menin Road Railway Wood

              Hill 62 Sanctuary Wood

              Hooge

              Clapham Junction Zandvoorde Bunker

              Polygon Wood Zonnebeke

              Hill 60 Hollebeke Lankhof Farm

              Messines Ridge

              Pilkem Ridge

              Boezinge Essex Farm Ziegler Bunker

              Langemark Poelkapelle St. Juliaan

              Passchendaele Ridge

              Mount Kemmel Lettenberg Bunkers

              Ploegsteert Wood

              YZER

              Nieuport Ramskapelle

              Pervijze  Stuijvekenskerke

              Diksmuide Trench of Death 

              Leke Vladslo Houthulst

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              Hoe Sgt. Kunze Fort Douaumont
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              Artilleriebunkers Nabij Duzey
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              Moslimmonument in Verdun 
              Bayernwald
              De Slag aan de Somme
              De Tunnel van Tavannes
              Kapitein Joost van Vollenhoven
              Huis Doorn
              Update
                 “Raadselachtig Ansichtkaartje II
              Raadselachtig Ansichtkaartje I 

               

               












              Serre Hébuterne
               
              Somme: 

              British Sector
               
              Serre - Hébuterne 
               
              years of visit: 2005 - 2007 - 2011. 
               

              Header photo: View from the Heidenkopf.
               
              North of Beaumont Hamel and Redan Ridge, sites of terrible fighting: ; the Heidenkopf height and a side road of the D 919, the infamous narrow country road between Serre and Hébuterne, the Serre Road.
              On this page we focus on the Heidenkopf area; on the next page we concentrate on the Sheffield Memorial Park close to the Serre Road.
               
              In 1915 the road between Hébuterne and Serre ...
               
               
              ... with Touvent Farm as a centrepoint, ...
               
               
              ... was scattered with German trenches.
               
               
              On 7 June 1915 the French launched an offensive
              at Touvent Farm.
               
               
              The German troops counter-attacked four times
              during the period from 10 June till 13 June 1915.
               
              Before we visit sites near the Serre Road,
              we will visit first the modest height of the Heidenkopf .
               
              View from the D 919 eastward to the Heidenkopf right.
               
               
              From Redan Ridge we approach the height of the stronghold
              of the "Heidenkopf", as the Germans called it.
               
               
              View from the Heidenkopf northward.
               
               
              Left, the Serre Nécropole Nationale; centre, the French
              Memorial Chapel; right, Serre Road Cemetery No. 1.
               
               
              Serre Road Cemetery No. 1.
               
               
              The Nécropole Nationale de Serre - Hébuterne.
               
               
              The French Memorial Chapel.
               
               
              Under the arches hang two plaques.
              One is in memory of Maitre Joseph de la Rue.
              "Père" Joseph was Chaplain of
              the 243rd and 233rd Infantry Regiments.
              He has been awarded with the French "Légion d'Honneur",
              the "Medaille Militaire", and the "Croix de Guerre"!
               
               
              The other plaque is a very rare occurance
              along the front: a small and modest German plaque,
              commemorating the fallen soldiers of
              the 1st. Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment.
              (Unfortunately vandals have recently, in 2011, stolen this plague!)
               
               
              View from the Memorial Chapel to the recently renovated ...
               
               
              ... Nécropole Nationale de Serre - Hébuterne.
               
               
              The Nécropole Nationale de Serre - Hébuterne contains the remains of 843 French soldiers, of which 240 soldiers are buried in a mass grave, who were killed in action during fighting at the Serre Road front line, at Serre - Hébuterne from 10-13 June 1915.
               
               
              Some photos of the old situation before the very necessary renovation.
               

               
               

               
               
              Serre Road No. 1 Cemetery from the French Cemetery.
               
              Serre Road Cemetery No.1 was begun in May 1917 and these graves can now be found in Plot I, Rows A to G. The rest of the cemetery was added after the Armistice, when graves were brought in from the nearby battlefields and from nearby smaller cemeteries.There are now 2.426 casualties of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 1.728 of the graves are unidentified but special memorials commemorate 10 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials commemorate 3 men who were buried in Albert German Cemetery, 7 men who were buried in Beaucourt British Cemetery and 2 men who were buried in Puisieux Churchyard, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. Most of the graves date from 1916. The cemetery was designed by N. A. Rew.
               
              Source of all descriptions of the British cemeteries: Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
               
              Summer 1915. The British take over the Serre front sector.
               
               
              In the same summer of 1915 British troops took over this Serre front sector from the French, and since it has been bombarded many times until and during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.
              The British 48th Division were holding the line here during the Battle of the Somme.
              During the summer of 1916 until the end of February 1917, the village of Serre remained in German hands.
              In February 1917 the Germans left their lines at Serre to retreat on the Hindenburg Line.
              March 1917: British troops, like the Manchesters, occupied these left trenches. Most of the Hébuterne sector remained in British possession until the Day of Armistice, 11 November 1918.
               
               
              We cross the D 919 road to the east side to continue for some
              250 m. along the road and along the edge of the Heidenkopf
              to a modest memorial "left" of the Serre Road Cemetery No. 2.
               
               
              In 2003, during an archeological excavation on the Heidenkopf
              for a documentary of Channel 5 Television, the Team of
              Trench Detectives unearthed the human remains of 3 soldiers;
              two later identified, Württemberger soldiers of the 121 R.I.R.
              and one still unidentified, British soldier of
              the Royal Lancaster Regiment.
               
               
              Some metres to the right stands an unreadable memorial
              for a fallen British soldier. I can only still read the phrase:
              "GOD BURIED HIM".
               
               
              This Crucifix stands left and next to the
              Serre Road Cemetery No. 2.
               
              Serre Road Cemetery No.2. In the spring of 1917 the battlefields of the Somme and Ancre were cleared by V Corps and a number of new cemeteries were made, three of which are now named from the Serre Road. Serre Road Cemetery No.2 was begun in May 1917 and by the end of the war it contained approximately 475 graves but it was greatly enlarged after the Armistice by the addition of further graves from the surrounding area, including graves from smaller cemeteries.There are now 7.127 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in the cemetery, mostly dating from 1916. Of these, 4.944 are unidentified. The cemetery, which was not completed until 1934, was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
               
              Via the D 919 we continue north via the Serre Road to Hébuterne.
               
               
              Hébuterne left at the horizon, Serre Road right.
               
               
              A victorious "Poilu"- statue in Hébuterne village.
               
               
              From Hébuterne we return to Serre in the next
              Photo Impression for a visit to the impressive
              Sheffield Memorial Park near the Serre Road.
               
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              Reacties

              op 04-07-2008 23:25
              Merci pour ce reportage photo et historique mon grand père (327 RI) a été blessé à Hébuterne jEAN LOUP
              Pierre op 04-07-2008 23:31
              @ Jean Loup. Je vous en prie, et merci à vous pour votre reaction, Jean!
               
              Pierre
              Miles op 11-11-2008 23:05
              Dear Sir,
              Thank you for your wonderful presentations with supremeattention to detail, fact and history.
               
              I have browsed your site at first in curiosity, now with eagerness. It will take me a long time to go through everything, read everything and look at your fantastic, evocative photos.
               
              Again, thank you.
               
              With Kind wishes,
               
              Miles Wakefield
              Pierre op 12-11-2008 00:20
              @ Miles. You are welcome, Miles! Thank you for your motivating and kind words! The site will be updated now and then with new pages. I wish you many other interesting hours here in the near future, Miles.
               
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