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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                of the Western Front
                Association,
                 
                And a member of:
                 
                 
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                Association Nederland
                 
                 
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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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