History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

11 November, 2011

Lest We Forget

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:

Faces of World War One, 1 and 2

Colour Photographs of World War One, 1 and 2

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