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              Pierre Grande Guerre
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              the Western Front
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              Pierre
               
               
              Warning: Sometimes on the battlefield
              you will still find relics of explosives.
              All these shells, hand grenades, and
              mortar rounds can even nowadays still
              be very dangerous.
              Some of the artillery bombs may contain
              poison gas, which can cause severe
              blistering or worse injuries.
              In France it is by law forbidden to
              remove relics from the battlefield.
              So, it is for your own safety:
              take a picture of the steel harvest,
              but leave these relics untouched!
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              LINKS TO THE SPECIAL

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              Lecture "Verdun 1916" - (Dutch)

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               of General Gaede - (Bilingual)

              The Difficult Start

              of the L.I.R. 123 - (Eng)

              De Moeizame Start van

              het L.I.R. 123 - (Dutch)

              De Rode Duivels

              op de Hartmannswillerkopf (Dutch)

              De Blauwe Duivels

              in de Vogezen (Dutch)

              Botchkareva en haar

              Vrouwenbataljon (Dutch)

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              of the Western Front (English) 

              Armistice Clearing Compiègne

              Kaiser's Exile Huis Doorn

              Cambrai

              Fort de Mutzig - Feste Kaiser Wilhelm II

              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 

              LINKS TO ALL
              BATTLEFIELD
              PHOTO IMPRESSIONS
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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 

              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

              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

              Maple Copse - Hill 62 - Hooge

              Clapham Junction Zandvoorde Bunker

              Polygon Wood Zonnebeke

              Hill 60 - Hollebeke -

              St. Elooi - 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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              De Vanceboro Bridge Bomaanslag
              Beneath Hill 60
              Tijdreizen Op Internet
              Leutnant Von Forstner Koopt Chocolade
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              Marcel's Bajonet
              Souvenir de Bezonvaux
              Namibië-Etnische Zuivering-1904-1908
              Het Beleg van Fort de Vaux
              Explosiecatastrofe In Fort Douaumont 
              Franse Aas der Azen: René Fonck
              Chasseurs Alpins, Franse Alpenjagers
              Prowse Point Cemetery
              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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              Monument Op Vimy Ridge
              De Erewacht van
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              Overleden Veteranen
              Franse Sector Aan De Somme
              Kerstbestand 1914
              Raadselachtig Graf
              Caporetto; Kiem Van Fascisme
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              Tsjechen Aan Het Westelijk Front
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              Mosterdgas 1917
              Schwaben Redoubt
              Oogst Van Roest
              Mortier
              De Tekenaar Hansi
              Gifgas Bij Vancouver Corner
              Nationaliteit Kwijt?
              Beloond Geduld
              Prins Harry Naar Irak
              Thiepval
              De Arm Van De Kaiser
              Artilleriebunkers Nabij Duzey
              Kamp Flabas
              Eerherstel voor "Deserteurs"
              Vredig plekje?
              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 

               

               












              Two American 2009 Books: Guide and Imperial Germany
               
              The moment I decided to write English book reviews, I also decided to write only about interesting and recommendable books. I don’t want to waste anyone’s time with bashing less interesting works.  This time you may protest in advance, that I am prejudiced, because these American books, both released in 2009, are written by some of my personal friends. In spite of my prejudice I promise you, being a Great War aficionado, that you will appreciate these books of Robert Mueller and the Robinson’s, as much as I did.
               
              “Fields of War - Fifty Key Battlefields in France and Belgium”.
               
               
              In April 2009 my friend, the battlefield explorer for decennia, Robert Mueller published an interesting battlefield visitor’s guide: “Fields of War - Fifty Key Battlefields in France and Belgium”. (1) This battlefield guide presents 50 battlefields that are within driving distance from Paris or Calais. The book gives chronologically attention to battlefields, which played a key role in the European history since 1346; from  the Hundred Years War, via the Franco Prussian War, the Great War until the Final Offensive of 1945. Five of the 12 chapters, a rather large part of the battlefield guide, concern 30 battlefields or important sites of the Great War; from the Battle of Mons, 1914, until Compiègne, 1918.
              Each description of a trip contains a concise but good historical background information about the battlefield and it’s memorials. The book is extensively illustrated with maps, historical photos and contemporary photo’s, these last mostly made by the author himself. This all makes the book a pleasure to read it, just at home or more practically for preparing a fieldtrip yourself.
              I tested some of Robert’s tours near Verdun on basis of his directions. Robert starts at the city of Verdun, and continues next with  the location around the bunker of Lt. Col. Driant, to guide you further over the battlefield, chronologically, following the order of the events during the battle. The tour descriptions are interesting, and the driving instructions are clear and easy to follow.
              I checked also other battlefield descriptions of battlefields, which I am personally familiar with. It is all sensible and valuable information like for instance naming, rather extra ordinarily, the German fighting units. Already familiar with other good battlefield guides and on basis of my own experience around Verdun, I can easily and highly recommend Robert Mueller’s excellent book for travelling along battlefields in Europe, not only for American front travellers but also for other battlefield visitors from other continents.
               
              “Handbook of Imperial Germany”.
               
               
              In September 2009 my pen friend Joe and his wife, Janet Robinson, both retired colonels and both graduated from the U.S. Army War College, have published their long awaited book: “Handbook of Imperial Germany”.(2) This book provides a one-volume resource for collectors and historians with an interest for Imperial German Army. 
              The Robinsons tell us about their original idea for writing this handbook: “The more we researched,  the more we found there were more stories, myths and misunderstandings about Imperial Germany than there were facts.  Different authors addressed different aspects: collectors, historians and educators all had their own area of expertise, but there was no readily available resource to give a general overview of Imperial Germany. Though it is convenient to call it "Germany," at the start of the First World War, there was still no united Germany, no German army, and no German officer corps.”
               
              Anyone who tried to study more detailed information about the Imperial German Army, knows how complex it is to understand the organization of the German Army and how dispersed the information is.  This handbook, which is written in a accessible style, explains the intricacies of how the “federal” Empire worked. Chapter 1 starts at the conception of Imperial Germany at the end of the Austrian-Prussian War of 1866 and the social, governmental and political structures in Imperial Germany after 1871. Chapter 2 explains in methodical subchapters the position of all these individual states within the Empire. The authors also tell us some entertaining gossip anecdotes of all these courts and noble houses. Chapter 3 explains anything, you always wanted to know, about the complex organisation of the Imperial German Army and the career from a soldier to an officer. The last chapter explains the war years. Even the Appendixes at the end of the book are an interesting pleasure to read!
              If you are interested in World War I and the Imperial German Army, these 333 pages with 183 pictures of the Robinson’s Handbook form together a must-have in your library. The handbook contains any information, you always wanted to know, in just one book. If you are a collector of German militaria, I imagine, that this book helps you to understand better your collectibles.
              Do I now know all about Imperial Germany? I have read the book hardly without pause, and I will for sure  have forgotten some of the many facts. But now I know at least, where I can easily look up all this reliable, clear and detailed information about complex Imperial Germany.
               
              To my American friends I lift respectfully my hat: “Chapeau !”, and thanks, Janet, Joe, and Robert, for the great effort of composing these impressive works.
               
              Pierre
               
               
              (1) Robert Mueller:
               “Fields of War - Fifty Key Battlefields in France and Belgium”.
              ISBN 978-0-9823677-0-4.
              Order: French Battlefields USA, www.frenchbattlefields.com . Here you can also view a realistic preview of this book.
              (2) Janet Robinson (Ret. Col.) and Joe Robinson (Ret. Col.):
               “Handbook of Imperial Germany” .
              ISBN 978-1-4490-2113-9
              Visit also Col. Joe’s interesting website Col. Joe’s Pickelhauben.net .
              * More recommendable books, but without my comments? Visit my page, Acknowledgements Sources Books .

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              Pierre op 20-03-2010 21:19
              Fields of War - Fifty Key Battlefields in France and Belgium.
              First Place in the Reader Views Literary Awards for 2009:
              "PRESS RELEASE
              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2010
              Local Author Wins First Place Book Award
              Robert Mueller, an Arlington Heights resident, has been awarded First Place in the Reader Views Literary Awards for 2009 in the travel category for Fields of War: Fifty Key Battlefields in France and Belgium. This is the third national book award for Fields of War. (*)
              Mr. Mueller caught the battlefield bug when, as a child on a family vacation, he visited the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. As an adult, he developed a love of travel and an enthusiasm for visiting historic locations. Retirement brought him the opportunity to visit and study the battlefields of Europe. After five years of on-site research and thousands of kilometers traveled on the country lanes of France and Belgium, he brought his well-received first work, Fields of War: Fifty Key Battlefields in France and Belgium, to the military literature market.
              “Searching out and locating field fortifications, trench lines, or a unit memorial presents a certain thrill of exploration” said Mr. Mueller. “One develops a respect for the soldiers and civilians who suffered unbelievable hardships and, frequently, sudden death at the hands of an enemy only yards away,” he added. “The battlefields are usually distant from cities and their traffic and noise. These fields and forests are now quite peaceful; the villages are rebuilt and generally charming; the people are welcoming and helpful.”
              Mr. Mueller holds advanced degrees in physics and business administration. He served his military service in the US Army Signal Corps during the Vietnam era. Born and raised in Chicago, Mr. Mueller and his wife, Nancy, have three children and two grandchildren."
              Congratulations, Robert!
              Pierre
              (*) 1. Honorable mention as one of the three best travel guide books of 2009 from USA Book News;
              2. Also Honorable Mention as one of the 8 best books in the travel category by Foreword Reviews Literary Magazine.

               

               


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