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
               
               
              Pierre is the author
              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

               



              Vimy Memorial
               
              Artois:
               
              Canadian National Vimy Memorial
               
              Hill 145  - Vimy Ridge
               
              year of visit: 2008. 
               
               
              TIP: If you like to learn more about the history and the reasons for this impressive Canadian National Vimy Memorial, please, do read and view first my Photo Impression "Vimy Ridge" and click HERE.
               
               
              This memorial at Hill 145 is Canada's most impressive tribute
              overseas to those Canadians,
              who fought and gave their lives in the First World War.
              Visitors approach the Memorial from the rear side.
               
               
              The Memorial marks the site of 
              one of the main objectives of the Battle of 9 - 12 april 1917.
               
               
               
               
              It stands as a tribute to all,
              who served their country in battle in France and Flanders,
              and particularly to those who gave their lives.
               
               
              At the base of the Memorial,
              these words appear in French and in English:
               
               
              Designed by Canadian sculptor and architect,
              Walter Seymour Allward,
              the monument took 11 years to construct it.
              It was inaugurated in 1936.
               
               
              Years and names of all the battlefields in Flanders and France,
              where the Canadians fought during the Great War.
               
               
              The Canadian National Vimy Memorial overlooks the Douai Plain
              from the highest point of Vimy Ridge,
              about ten kilometres north of Arras.
               
               
              This grieving figure of a cloaked woman represents Canada.
              It represents a young nation mourning her dead.
               
               
              I take you with me in a panorama view in 5 steps;
              from left (north) of the statue to the right.
              Lens ...
               
               
              Remark the typical slag heaps of Lens. Avion ...
               
               
              Vimy village ...
               
               
              Farbus ...
               
               
              Thélus ...
               
               
              A teleview from this point at the sheep,
              wandering around on the battlefield in a restricted danger area.
              Remark the shellholes.
               
               
              The shellholes around the Memorial remind us,
              that we are on the former battlefield.
               
               
              From 2004 until 2006 the Memorial was closed
              for restoration work,
              including cleaning the statues and the recarving of names.
               
               
              Carved on the walls of the monument are the names of
              11.285 Canadian soldiers, who were killed in France,
              and who are without a known grave.
               
               
              The figures were carved,
              where they stand now,  from huge blocks of limestone.
               
               
               
              In a ceremony on 9 April 2007 the restored Memorial
              was rededicated by the Queen of Canada, Elizabeth II,
              commemorating the 90th anniversary of the battle.
               
               
              Sometimes you will remark double names, like:
              "G.S. Hodkinson served as P. Childs".
              The phrase "served as" indicates the soldier's real name .
              Canada was a place for escape, a safe haven,
              and a place to hide.
              Soldiers were using other names also to enlist
              for several other reasons.
               
               
               
              As my COPD was playing one of it's nasty games with me that afternoon, my  Dutch friend, Netperk, who accompanied Christine and me for a few days, offered to take over my camera. The talented Netperk photographed for me the lower east and front side of the Memorial.
              It is quite an exception, but from here on this page I give very gratefully room to my friend's pictures .
               
              The front side.
               
              The Memorial rests on a bed of 11.000 tonnes of concrete,
              reinforced with hundreds of tonnes of steel.
              The two 90 feet high pylons represent France and Canada.
               
               
              The statue groups on the front from left to right...
               
               
              The towering pylons and sculptured figures contain
              almost 6.000 tonnes of Dalmatian limestone, ...
               
               
              ... brought to the site from an abandoned
              Roman quarry on the Adriatic Sea (in nowadays Croatia).
               
               
              Below the cloaked mourning "Canada" is a tomb,
              draped in laurel branches and bearing a helmet and sword.
               
               
              The Latin inscription on the sarcophagus tells:
              "In memory of the 60.000 Canadian soldiers,
              who in 1914-1918 were travelling overseas,
              and died far away for their fatherland".
               
               
              View in the direction Lens - Avion.
               
               
              With Netperk's last picture
              we leave the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.
               
               
               
               
               Continue to the next chapter:
               
              ... or go back to Vimy Ridge .

              Reacties

              ben vd heiden op 24-06-2008 17:26
              Hi Pierre, ik mag er graag komen, ben er zes maal geweest.
              ben helemaal weg van de beelden en het uitzicht, het enige nadeel (vind ik dan),
              op een, nog mooiere dag bij veel zon, is het bijna onmogelijk om er telopen.
              Het wit verblind je en als je dan de trappen af moet
              Maar, mooie foto's en je site weer een stuk mooier.
              Leuk dat jullie er ook nog opstaan, groet aan allen
               
              Ben

              Pierre op 24-06-2008 20:22
              @ Ben. Ik dacht al dat dit een van jouw favoriete plekken was.
              Het wit van het marmer kan bij volle zon inderdaad verblindend werken.
              Goed, dat je hebt opgemerkt hebt, dat Mme. GG. en ik er ook op staan.
              Dat was ook om een beeld van de hoogte van het monumentte geven.
               
              Bedankt, Ben, voor jouw reactie!
               
              Pierre
              Ronald op 29-06-2008 16:45
              Het zie er weer schitterend uit Pierre erg indrukwekkend dat monument. Ik kom er ook graag.
               
              groet,
              Ronald
              Pierre op 29-06-2008 21:44
              @ Ronald. Dank je wel, Ronald. Ook voor jou een bijzondere plek, dus!
               
              Pierre
              Hans Molier op 14-06-2009 11:45
              Hoi Pierre,
               
              Prachtige foto''s vriend. Ik ben hier ook al regelmatig geweest, en ik kom ook hier steeds graag terug.
               
              Groeten,
               
              Hans
              Pierre op 15-06-2009 21:45
              @ Hans Molier. Dank je wel, Hans. Het is tegenwoordig ook een mooie plek geworden.
               
              Pierre
              Mike op 16-02-2010 04:48
              The "tomb" here is a cenotaph, isn't it?  That is, there are no bodies actually within the tomb. 
               
              Nice site.  And I'm sorry about using American English, but it's the only language I don't insult in the writing of it.
              Pierre op 16-02-2010 19:56
              @ Mike. Indeed, Mike, there is no body in the "tomb". Thank you for your reaction.
               
              Pierre
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