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LJ's battlefields diary
« on: 30.10. 2009 01:27 »

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« Reply #1 on: 30.10. 2009 16:12 »
Hard hitting stuff when you think about it.


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« Reply #2 on: 30.10. 2009 17:08 »
Thanks Erling...

Hard hitting stuff when you think about it.

It certainly was for me and was also an amazing experience too. I don't think I could have done this in a better way, even the choice of bike made it feel so right.
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Re: LJ's battlefields diary
« Reply #3 on: 30.10. 2009 23:21 »
I also found this a very interesting and well written chronicle.

I July 2007 I visited the Somme battlefields.

Whilst standing at the Windmill site at Pozieres, I could see a massive monument on a ridge far away on the right.

It was the Theipval monument, which I think is the largest british monument. The names of 73,000 troops lost during the Somme offensive who have no known graves, are chiselled into its massive walls.

As we arrived, so to did a group of british riders on british bikes. We chewed the fat; one fellow had lived in Western Australia for some time, and knew my home town; it's a small world!

Anyway here are pics of the men and machines that you might find interesting. No A10's, and the Goldie was a very reluctant starter!


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Re: LJ's battlefields diary
« Reply #4 on: 19.11. 2009 19:11 »
Hey that's brilliant.

We had a late holiday this year in France with our caravan. We drove across France to just south of Strasbourg and stayed in a pretty town called Obernai. On the way out we stopped at a small campsite near Cambrai (Sauchy Lestree) and met up with a UK couple returning home. The guy was a battlefield buff who reccomended a visit to Theipval which was not far away. We didn't have time on the way out but having stayed on our return leg in Verdun and visited the memorials and battlefields in the area we made a point of visiting Theipval. Very moving experience and although neither my wife or I had lost any relatives to the war we were both interested to the point my wife has bought many books on WW1.
It looks as if we will be off to the Imperial War museum before Christmas and intend to go back to France early next year.