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              The Red Baron's Crash Site

              Canadian National Vimy Memorial

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              Chemin des Dames part 1 

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              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 


              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  


              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     


              Mort Homme Côte 304

              Montfaucon- Romagne s/s Montfaucon

              Butte de Vauquois

              Haute Chevauchée

              The Bunker of the German Crownprince


              Illies - Wicres    

              Neuve Chapelle - Richebourg

              Aubers - 1915 

              Fromelles - 1916  

              Neuville-St. Vaast - Souchez

              Notre Dame de Lorette 


              Arras Wellington Quarry

              Vimy Ridge

              Lichfield Crater


              St. Hilaire le Grand Russian Cmty  Mont Navarin

              Sommepy Mont de Blanc Mont

              La Main des Massiges


              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


              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


              Fricourt Deutsche Kriegsgräberstatte 


              Mametz Wood 

              Trones Wood Montauban Guillemont

              Caterpillar Valley Longueval 

              High Wood Longueval

              Delville Wood Longueval



              le Sars Butte de Warlencourt

              Flers Gueudecourt

              Adanac Canadian Cmty. Mireaumont

              SOMME French Sector 


              Rancourt Cimetière National

              Rancourt Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof

              Dompierre - Becquincourt Fay Soyécourt

              Flaucourt Biaches


              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 


              Menin Road Railway Wood

              Hill 62 Sanctuary Wood


              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


              Nieuport Ramskapelle

              Pervijze  Stuijvekenskerke

              Diksmuide Trench of Death 

              Leke Vladslo Houthulst


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              artikelen en columns
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              Beneath Hill 60
              Tijdreizen Op Internet
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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,
                 een beknopte samenvatting.
              Herdenking Op Douaumont 2008
              Wapenstilstand 1918 -90 Jaar Geleden
              Vijfde Lustrum WFA Nederland,
              Geur van Drukinkt
              De Vallei van Munster
              Der Rote Baron Versus Flyboys 
              De Fantomen van Landowski
              Louise de Bettignies -
                 Queen of English Spies
              Monument Op Vimy Ridge
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                 Notre Dame de Lorette
              Tank Tegen Tank 90 Jaar Terug
              Von Richthofen's Laatste Noodlanding
              Generaal Von Lettow Vorbeck
              Grafschennis Notre Dame de Lorette
              Google Earth 
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              De Wolfsberg - le Hamel
              Overleden Veteranen
              Franse Sector Aan De Somme
              Kerstbestand 1914
              Raadselachtig Graf
              Caporetto; Kiem Van Fascisme
              Lenin's Treinreis
              Tsjechen Aan Het Westelijk Front
              Mata Hari
              325 Miljoen Voor 12 Zeppelins
              Slagvelden Van de Somme
              Op de Lingekopf
              Weinig Duitse Monumenten
              Soldaten Standbeelden
              Mosterdgas 1917
              Schwaben Redoubt
              Oogst Van Roest
              De Tekenaar Hansi
              Gifgas Bij Vancouver Corner
              Nationaliteit Kwijt?
              Beloond Geduld
              Prins Harry Naar Irak
              De Arm Van De Kaiser
              Artilleriebunkers Nabij Duzey
              Kamp Flabas
              Eerherstel voor "Deserteurs"
              Vredig plekje?
              Moslimmonument in Verdun 
              De Slag aan de Somme
              De Tunnel van Tavannes
              Kapitein Joost van Vollenhoven
              Huis Doorn
                 “Raadselachtig Ansichtkaartje II
              Raadselachtig Ansichtkaartje I 



              Vimy Memorial
              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 .


              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

              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!
              Ronald op 29-06-2008 16:45
              Het zie er weer schitterend uit Pierre erg indrukwekkend dat monument. Ik kom er ook graag.
              Pierre op 29-06-2008 21:44
              @ Ronald. Dank je wel, Ronald. Ook voor jou een bijzondere plek, dus!
              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.
              Pierre op 15-06-2009 21:45
              @ Hans Molier. Dank je wel, Hans. Het is tegenwoordig ook een mooie plek geworden.
              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.
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