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

Monday, June 25, 2018

Western Front: May 2018

In May,  I led a 10-day tour of the Western Front.  Our theme combined the Ludendorff Offensives with the British 100 Days, so we were all over the place.  Here are 10 photos by our lead photographer David Gaddis.  This is what it looks like 100 years after fact.

We were one of the first groups to visit Mark IV Tank Deborah's
new museum at Flesquieres

Plateau Californie on the Chemin des Dames — Launch point for
Germany's May BLÜCHER Offensive

British Memorial, Soissons

A War Horse at Flanders Field Museum

Your Editor at Moreuil Wood,
 Where Lt. Gordon Flowerdew of the Canadian Cavalry Earned the VC

Australian Memorial,  Villers-Bretonneux
The group found the new Monash Centre (positioned behind the tower) somewhat disappointing—very techie and the accessing needs improvement. However, some of the displays were exciting and spectacular.

58th Division Memorial, Chipilly.  U.S. units participated in this action.

The Group at the Famous Pillbox on Hill 60, Ypres

A Bunker Atop Mt. Kemmel, South of Ypres

On 8 May, everywhere we stopped there were commemorations of VE Day. 
This one was in Péronne.