Pretty amazing part of our historyaren't they?
The German trenches at Vimy Ridge from World War I, now part of a Canadian war memorial. The trenches are curved so attacking soldiers can't get a straight shot. These were about 25 meters away from the allied trenches and really were a grim illustration of the terror of war.
Yes, it was a well done memorial and museum. Pretty depressing, mostly. Living in Europe gives me a better sense of how immediate the world wars were. Makes the EU achievements look a lot more notable, as flawed as they may be.
http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-Soldiers-Normandy-Beaches-Surrender/dp/B005CDT6ZA). My Dad was in Patton's 3rd army in the 10th Armored Division. It is written from the perspective of the grunt holding the M1 and chasing the German Army. Very brutal. I recommend "Citizen Soldiers" by Stephen Ambrose (
I read John Keegan's history of the war a year or back. WW ii had its own horrors if course but WWI probably took the cake in sheer pointlessness. I don't think I realized that the armistice was signed when Germany basically ran out of men who could fight.
Something I didn't know about WWI is that the Spanish flu played a large part. People were just to sick and the death rate was terrible. It affected who could fight.
World War I and II are never really far away in France, England, and Germany. It left quite a mark, as you can imagine.
On that, I've no doubtliving in Canada we have some reminders, and family members served, but it would be no where near the same as over in Europe I'm sure.
Pretty much every French village or town has at least WWI memorial, it seems to me. Then again we don't get out to Provence much.
I bet they domy High School was so old, it had a WWI memorial on its front lawn to those graduates who lost their lives in the war. A few years later they added names for graduates from WWII to it. It was far too few years later.
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