PIERRE's PHOTO IMPRESSIONS of the WESTERN FRONT
1914-1918
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                NEW Lorraine

                Photo Impression

                South of Metz

                German Bunkers &

                Fortifications 

                 
                Pierre Grande Guerre
                shows his
                photo impressions
                of his trips along
                the Western Front
                with his selfmade photo's,
                historic pictures,
                and maps.
                Few words,
                many pictures,
                and many links.
                 
                Pierre
                 
                 
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                of the Dutch book,
                 
                "De Rode Duivels in de
                Vogezen - 1914-1915 -
                Een geïllustreerde
                reconstructie van de
                krijgsverrichtingen
                van het 152e
                Régiment d'Infanterie" 
                 
                 
                 
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                LINKS TO THE SPECIAL
                LINKS TO ALL
                BATTLEFIELD
                PHOTO IMPRESSIONS
                in the CORRECT SEQUENCE

                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 

                ALSACE VOSGES NORTH

                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

                ALSACE VOSGES  

                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 

                Neuve Chapelle - Richebourg

                La Targette - Cabaret Rouge

                Notre Dame de Lorette

                Loos

                Aubers Ridge - Fromelles            

                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

                OTHER GREAT WAR LINKS

                 



                SOMME INTRODUCTION
                 
                Somme British Sector:
                 
                SOMME - A Concise Introduction 
                 
                years of visit: 2005 and 2007. 
                The D 929 from Albert to Bapaume,
                axis of the Battlefield of the Somme.
                On both sides of this road and
                on both sides of the banks of the river:
                The Battle of the Somme
                1 July - 18 November 1916.
                 
                The view from the top of the Thiepval Memorial reveals
                the landscape, across which the tragedy unfolded
                between July and November 1916.
                 
                 
                The Somme in 1916 marked the junction of the French
                and British armies on the Western Front.
                The German 2nd Army under General Von Below
                digged itself in with 16 divisions, in 3 lines of defense, ...
                 
                 
                and in heavily fortified and under tunneled villages and farms.
                 
                 
                Joffre and Haig decided to a combined allied offensive...
                 
                 
                ... to relief the pressure of the French Troops
                fighting the Battle of Verdun.
                In June the Generals assembled a massive force of troops
                in the villages around the destroyed town of Albert.
                 
                 
                The town of Albert.
                 
                 
                The Basilique of Albert with it's Golden Madonna.

                 
                 
                 
                General Rawlinson assembled his 4th Army near villages
                like Mailly Maillet, ...
                (Pep talk for the troops on 29 June 1916, near Mailly Maillet) ...
                 
                 
                ... and like Auchonvillers.
                 
                 
                They started the offensive with a continious artillery bombardment of 7 days and 7 nights.
                 
                 
                After the Bombardment at 7.20 A.M. 17 huge mines were detonated, like the Hawthorn Mine on the Hawthorn Ridge
                near Beaumont Hamel...
                 
                 
                Or this one near La Boiselle, which caused this Lochnagar Crater.
                 
                 
                After the mine explosions at 7.30 a.m. the British infantry ...
                 
                 
                ... went "over the top".
                They came out of their trenches to attack.
                 
                 
                The Germans had enough time to crawl out of their shelters
                and dugouts.
                They immediately manned their machine gun posts
                and started to fire on the British soldiers.
                 
                 
                Most British units had severe numbers of casualties, 
                and they had to withdraw to their original jump off line.
                 
                At the end of the first day the British had some successes, but not much.
                They had captured some of their objectives and made 4.000 prisoners.
                Mametz and Montauban were captured.
                But in Fricourt,  La Boiselle, Thiepval, Beaumont Hamel, and Serre only the occasional impact had been made. As night fell, after 14 hours of fighting, these positions were firmly reduced by fierce German counterattacks.
                 
                British casualties after the first day of Battle:
                Killed             19.240
                Wounded      35.493
                Missing            2.152
                P.O.W                 505
                 
                1 July 1916, is still considered as the Bloodiest Day in the history of the British Army.
                 
                 
                In the southern, French front sector,
                General Fayolle's 6th Army reached almost all it's objectives
                for the first day of the Battle.
                The Battle would continue until 17 November 1916.
                 
                 
                 Continue to the next chapter:





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