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In the leafy surrounds of Saint Symphorien Military Cemetery, these are some of the 284 German servicemen buried or commemorated in the Cemetery. The Cemetery itself was begun during the War by the German Army, and came under the Imperial WR Graves Commission after its end.


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British graves at Saint Symphorien Military Cemetery. Resting place of 229 British and Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War. With the British Empire’s Western Front fighting beginning and ending at Mons, these graves represent some of the first and last killed.


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'D-Day: Facts on the 1944 Normandy Invasion That Changed the Course of WWII'⠀

6th June 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day when Allied forces landed on Normandy’s beaches. We reveal some of the things you may not know about the greatest invasion in military history.⠀

Read More Here: http://bit.ly/DDayKeyFacts⠀

"How much do you know about D-Day?"⠀

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De retour du camp des "reconstituteurs" de 39/45, je me suis arrêté dans le cimetière d'Hestrud.
Je sais... Personne ne connaît ce village frontière perdu au fin fond de l'Avesnois.
Personne ne connaît son musée de la douane. Personne ne sait que c'est là que Rommel a envahi la France. Personne ne sait qu'il y a là 7 soldats sud-africains enterrés parmi tous ces ruraux groupés, à l'ancienne, autour de l'église.
Venir du Cap et se faire tuer le 11 novembre 18..et à Hestrud, en plus.
Ces pauvres gars ne seront même pas les derniers morts de la guerre. Cet honneur a été réservé au canadien George Lawrence Price tué à 10h58, 2 minutes avant le cessez le feu dans le bois d'Havre près de Mons. Il ferme la boucle mortelle commencée avec John Parr tué lui aussi près de Mons, le 21 août 1914.
Entre les deux dates, un million d'hommes venus de tout l'empire tomberont sur les champs de bataille.. . Dont ces 7 sud-africains devenus avesnois pour l'éternité...
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Poperinge Death Spot
———————————————————————— This post and memorial stands on the site in the Poperinge Town Hall in which British deserters were executed in the First World War. Located beside the courtyard are the two death cells in which the condemned spent their last night before their execution. The men executed in Poperinge were some of the 346 British and Commonwealth serviceman executed for desertion and other capital offences during the First World War. Of the 200,000 men court-martialed during the War, 20,000 were found guilty of charges punishable by death, 3000 were issued the death penalty, with only 346 sentences carried out. (Taken May 2019)


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Belgian First and Second World War Graves in the Ypres Communal Cemetery.


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Ypres Cemetery Extension, with some of the graves of the Ypres Communal Cemetery in the background. The Communal Cemetery contains 598 First World War and 43 Second World War burials, as well as numerous burials of workers of the Imperial War Graves Commission and Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


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The Canadian Memorial at Crest Farm, commemorating their operations that captured Passchendaele Ridge. Similar cube memorials stand at six other sites, of which I have also visited that at Bourlon Wood. I have also somehow missed that at Hill 62, despite the (somewhat terrible) museum and trenches there being one of the first sites I visited on the Ypres Salient over six years ago.


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New Zealand Memorial commemorating the New Zealand Division’s participation in the Battle of Broodseinde on 4 October 1917.


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I have been coming to the First World War battlefields since 1995, having first come here as a school pupil. This trip marks my 24th time and I am still managing to visit cemetries and memorials I have never come across before. The futility of war is not seen more starkly than the landscape of the Somme where British cemetries stand dotted amongst farmers fields, sometimes with as few as 30 graves in them.
#firstworldwar #somme #battleofthesomme #mametzwood #fricourt #welshdragon #devonshirecemetery #thiepval #beaumonthamel #delvillewood #cwgc #commonwealthwargraves


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Dragoon Camp Cemetery


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Minty Farm Cemetery, site of 192 First World War burials.


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No Man’s Cot Cemetery, named from a building on the south side of Admiral's Road, a little more than half way from Boesinghe to Wielje, it contains 79 First World War burials.


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Track ‘X’ Cemetery, standing in the area of No Man’s Land in June 1917 and begun after the advance of the 48th (South Midland) Division in July 1917, it contains 149 burials.


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Buff’s Road Cemetery, named after a small lane that ran between Boundary Road and Admiral's Road, just to the north of the hamlet of Wieltje, now the place of burial or commemoration of 289 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War.


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Buried in Oxford Road Cemetery is Captain Clement Robertson VC, recipient of the first Victoria Cross awarded the Tank Corps. This was posthumously awarded for his actions during the Battle of Broodseinde on 4 October 1917, when participating in the attack of the 21st Division between Polygon Wood and the Menin Road. His citation reads: ‘For most conspicuous bravery in leading his Tanks in attack under heavy shell, machine-gun and rifle fire, over ground which had been heavily ploughed by shell fire. Captain Robertson, knowing the risk of the Tanks missing the way, continued to lead them on foot, guiding them carefully and patiently towards their objective, although he must have known that his action would almost inevitably cost him his life. This gallant officer was killed after his objective had been reached, but his skilful leading had already ensured successful action. His utter disregard of danger and devotion to duty afford an example of outstanding valour.’


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Oxford Road Cemetery, named after the road running behind the British support trench and resting place of 851 Commonwealth casualties, along with one German, from the First World War.


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Standing in the village of Wieltje is this memorial to the men 50th (Northumberland) Division who were killed in both the First and Second World Wars. The formation itself was a territorial one, and was engaged in major operations in the Ypres Salient in 1915 and 1917. In 1915 it participated in the Battles of St Julien, Frezenburg Ridge and Bellewaarde Ridge, and in 1917 it fought in the Second Battle of Passchendaele during the Third Battle of Ypres.


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Aeroplane Cemetery takes its name from the wreckage of an aeroplane that once stood where the Cross of Sacrifice now stands. 1105 British and Commonwealth servicemen are now buried or commemorated in this Cemetery.


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This memorial commemorates the men of the 10th (Liverpool Scottish) Battalion King’s Regiment who attacked German positions atop Bellewaerde Ridge on 16 June 1915, suffering 79 killed, 222 wounded and 109 missing presumed dead.


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The RE Grave at Railway Wood is an unusual memorial in that it actually serves as a grave for 12 men of the 177th Tunnelling Company who were buried alive in tunnelling operations under this hill near Hooge between November 1915 and August 1917. As their bodies were never recovered, this Cross of Sacrifice that bears their names was erected on the site.


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Captain James Anson Otho Brooke VC’s grave in Zandtvoorde British Cemetery. Brooke was killed and posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 29 October 1914 at Gheluvelt during the First Battle of Ypres. His citation in the London Gazette reads: ‘For conspicuous bravery and great ability near Gheluvelt on the 29th October, in leading two attacks on the German trenches under heavy rifle and machine gun fire, regaining a lost trench at a very critical moment. He was killed on that day. By his marked coolness and promptitude on this occasion Lieutenant Brooke prevented the enemy from breaking through our line, at a time when a general counter-attack could not have been organised.’


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Zantvoorde British Cemetery containing the remains of 1583 British serviceman that were concentrated from British and German cemeteries after the Armistice. The village itself was under German occupation from 30 October 1914, when it was taken from the 1st and 2nd Life Guards by the German 39th Division during the First Ypres, until 28 September 1918.


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This preserved German Command Post stands outside the village of Zandvoorde, south east of Ypres. It was built in 1916 by the 3rd Company of Armierungsbatallion Number 27, with these details inscribed above in the concrete above the doorway. It served as a command post for the German Regiment in reserve in this sector, with the front around 5-6km northwest of this position.


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I spent last week in Arras, northern France helping to bring the new @commonwealthwargraves experience to life, painting the mural in the first video and then a series of audio guide numbers.
Visitors to the new centre will get a behind the scenes look at the work the committee does to create and maintain their monuments and memorials, showing the work of the teams of gardeners, stonemasons, carpenters and blacksmiths involved in the process of commemorating over 1.7 million war dead from 150 countries.
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In 2019 brengen de #zombiecatsbicycleclub een bezoek aan alle begraafplaatsen van den Grooten Oorlog in en rond #stadieper
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Esquelbecq Military Cemetery
———————————————————————— Above is the Esquelbecq Military Cemetery. It contains 578 Commonwealth burials from the First World War, and 47 from the Second World War, most of which are of men killed during the Wormhoudt Massacre on 28 May 1940. There are also 11 French and German burials, all of which apart from one of each date to the First World War. The Cemetery itself was opened in April 1918 during the early stages of the German offensive in Flanders, when the 2nd Canadian and 3rd Australian Casualty Clearing Stations came to Esquelbecq. It was closed in September 1918, although one French grave was added in 1919 and one British soldier from 1916 was added later from an isolated site. The cemetery was used again during the Second World War, mainly for the burial of those killed during the German advance of May 1940 and the withdrawal of the British Expeditionary Force to Dunkirk. (Taken May 2019)


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Sunset at the Menin Road South Military Cemetery. In total 1657 British and Commonwealth servicemen are buried or commemorated in this Cemetery.


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