A green carpet in a potato field leads to a memorial cemetery.
Very sad indeed, Berend.
My Grandmother's brother was buried somewhere near here.."750 yards east of Messines" (Mesen). But there is no known grave for him: Private David Gray Findlay (age 29) No. 2648. 6th Reinforcement, 47 Battalion, 12th Inf. Brigade, Australian Imperial Force.
His battalion was preceded by the New Zealand battalion that morning, 7 June 1917, immediately after the detonation of the 19 underground explosions that devastated the German front line, blowing 10,000 men to smithereens. The New Zealanders were assigned the objective of moving forward about 1 km and capturing the site of the village of Mesen, which they achieved and then a brigade of Australians moved through their lines and pressed on to reach the "green line" that was the objective thus eliminating the high ground salient that the Germans had controlled.
Tragic events, tragic story, tragic all round.
This bell tower has a full clarion of 61 bells, Berend.
Certainly a distinctive design, Berend. It is a landmark in the area. Greetings,
I found it hard to realise, Berend, that all this has been recreated or created since the wars on Belgian soil. One could be forgiven for thinking that this were a medieval building rather than something that was rebuilt after the devastation of 1914-18.
It didn't seem like 100 years ago when I was there, Berend. It all seemed so real, as we explored the area: bodies still being exhumed from the clay, tunnels and bunkers, pill boxes and explosion craters on the one hand and restored towns and new buildings, museums and memorials, and ceremonies on the other.
Your hopes are mine too.
The woods have been replanted, but the tragedy of Polygon Wood and the Western Front will continue to scar world history forever.
Zulke haventjes zitten meestal vol met fotogenieke momenten Els. Bedankt, groeten Berend
De hoogte viel mee Els, maar de warmte niet. Bedankt, groeten Berend