Today, at 11 o'clock in 1918, World War One finally ended*. As readers of this blog will know, I find this war especially touching and sad. It gets to me that anyone ever had to endure such miserable conditions, let alone very young men from very far away places fighting for no good reason at all.
It is Remembrance Day today in Canada and many other countries (Veteran's Day in the US); let us spend some time to think about what our compatriots had to go through-- to think about those young men who went and never came back, and those who did. No one should ever have to endure anything like this, ever.
In their memory.
*I know it's not as simple as that; but essentially.
The graves of three Canadian soldiers where they fell, amongst the barbed wire. Source
Two German soldiers helping in an injured Canadian. Source
The first men to cross the Somme. Source
Digging a trench. Source
Cycle orderlies under shell fire. Source
Soldiers in the mud. Source
Soldiers resting on the way up to the trenches. I think this is made even more potent by the man in the middle smiling his head off. Source
Scene on the Somme Front. Source
A thanksgiving service in the ruins of the cathedral, Chambrai. Source
British soldiers going up to the trenches. Source
British soldier washing from a bucket. Source
Winter scene on the Western Front. Source
Cooking dinner amid the ruins of a village. Source
A town after bombardment. Source
Army chaplain conducting a service from the cockpit of an airplane. Source
The town of Amiens under shellfire. Source
Muddy grave of an unknown soldier. Source
Moving ammunition past a row of graves. Source
War memorial for fallen Newfoundland soldiers. Source
The graves of British soldiers in France. Source
A British soldier at the grave of a comrade. Source
Selected World War One posts: