http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b015mqp2

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b015mqp2
Paleolithic rock shelter.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Trip to France. Arras and Vimy ridge.

A tree for every fallen Canadian soldier
As you can see the ground is very uneven ,owing to the legacy of the shell craters in the area.
63 million pieces of ordnance were left in this area either used or unexploded,including mustard gas, shells, grenades, mines etc. Sheep are used to graze the grass,as anything heavier would invite an explosion. Electric fences keep the people out,and the sheep in.
The trenches are very sanitised and give absolutely no indication of the horrific conditions suffered by the troops.The Canadian trenches are within shouting distance of the German front line .The Imperial War museum reconstruction is light years ahead in its interpretation of the Great War. A moving area but a bland visitor centre .

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