Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

100 Years Ago: New Years Eve 1914

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Historic Antwerp Photographed Last Week by Tony Langley
Central Station in the Background

Imagine New Year's Eve in beautiful Antwerp, Belgium, 100 years ago. Do you suppose there was a single citizen who imagined that before the year's end his city would be bombed, besieged, and occupied for four years by enemy forces?

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Bombing Damage in Central Antwerp

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German Marines on Parade in Antwerp's Grand Place


  1. Great photo, Tony! Thank you and Happy New Year to you. Must get to Antwerp, especially now that the Red Star Line museum is open. My great-grandparents sailed from there in 1901.

  2. I don't mean to be picky, but New Year's Eve 1914 heralded I January 1915.

  3. I wish all of you not only a Happy New Year but as the year progresses and we begin to see the fruition of the many and varied plans to mark the anniversaries of the next five years I wish everyone success in their efforts.

    Coming from a country in which generations of school children could be forgiven for assuming that World War One was fought on one day in April 1915, I hope to play a small part in gently bringing home the enormity of what their grandparents or great grandparents endured.

    Thank you to all those involved with 'Roads' - long may it continue.