That is a complicated example, because in another sense the rhyme may be conjunctive after all: And maybe, just maybe, death is battle can be glorious, as most war literature through the ages has insisted.
Cycling tour to the Somme and Arras battlefields Last weekend I had the pleasure of guiding nine gentlemen around the Somme and Arras battlefield on bikes. As a keen cyclist I try and take my bike when visiting the battlefields but this was something different in that it was the first organised specialist cycling trip I had put together.
The Somme was our destination on Friday, leaving the neglected battlefields of Arras for the Saturday. Day One — The Somme Friday morning dawned with beautiful weather. With the bikes fixed to the cars we headed south, crossing the ground voluntarily given up by the Germans as they pulled back to the Hindenburg Line in Parking at Serre Road Cemetery No.
Our first stop on day one — Serre Road Cemetery No 2 I had sent our proposed route to the group beforehand so everyone was aware of the distances involved. After hearing a 1st Lancashire Fusiliers officer, Lt E. The descent to Hamel was fun; infinitely more so than the climb up the Mill Road to the Ulster Tower!
Subsequent stops included the Lochnagar mine crater, Becourt, Fricourt and Mametz. Cycling past Bernafay Wood From the bottom of Dantzig Alley Cemetery we surveyed Glory women siegfried sassoon undulating ground in front of us, a familiar view to the British in July Dominating the landscape is Mametz Wood, scene of so much heartache and horror for the 17th Northern and 38th Welsh Divisions.
Guards Memorial, Lesboeufs One of our group was a former Coldstream Guards officer and so we deviated from the original plan, heading to the Guards Memorial between Ginchy and Lesboeufs. The exposed position on the ridge to Lesboeufs is in the centre of the ground over which the Division fought in the second half of September Postwar image of Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs.
The contrast between the haphazard crosses in this postcard and the neat rows of Portland headstones that greet the modern visitor is testament to the skill and dedication of the CWGC. Our route back across the battlefield took in Delville Wood, looking a perfect picture of peace in dappled sunlight — the polar opposite of summer Bikes lined up at Delville Wood.
Next up was High Wood where I described the ferocious fighting that had raged there through the high summer of The wood and Switch Line proved such a bulwark to advance that British efforts resorted to siege warfare techniques; employing Vincent and Livens Large Gallery Flame Projectors in the wood along with the use of tunnellers to plant a mine under German positions.
In the late afternoon light of a perfect spring day it was hard to imagine the carnage in these quiet mellow fields and woods. Crossing the Roman road we headed via Courcelette to Miraumont, along the Ancre valley to Beaucourt before a gentle climb up past Ten Tree Alley en route back to the cars.
There was no need for cars as we would be setting out directly from our hotel. Whilst the touristy spots of the Somme were packed with coaches and school groups the empty fields around Arras are a very different proposition. I assured our travellers that other than farmers and locals we would have the Arras battlefield to ourselves.
Heading south via Beaurains a bike path runs alongside the road for much of this and London Cemetery we rode to Neuville-Vitasse, a village which in April was wired into the German defences with the main Hindenburg Line running just behind it.
Bikes could only get us so far. Walking the last bit to Cuckoo Passage Cemetery. I read aloud an account by Private Paddy Kennedy who served with the 18th Battalion describing events that day. Many of his comrades lay around us within the cemetery walls.
British dead for the day reached nearly 6, for very little material gain. Why cycling the battlefields is best… Travelling by bike is by far the best way to appreciate the landscape; you feel every rise, every dip, every change in gradient.
What would be a simple drive in a car takes on more meaning when on two wheels. This spot is the final resting place of a number of highly decorated officers and NCOs of the 3rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry who were killed nearby at the end of August From the decorations received whilst serving in the ranks and his tender age he appears to have been quite some soldier.
Picnic at Valley Cemetery, Vis-en-Artois. The road was blocked in the village, the result of a recent building collapse. The men who saved Monchy Infantry Hill is a special spot for me, the scene of so much concentrated fighting and yet, like so much of the Arras battlefield, it remains rarely visited.
Standing close to the spot where the 8th East Yorkshires went over the top I was able to explain the actions that day, reading from the war diary to enable everyone to appreciate the disaster that befell the attacking British troops and the magnificent defensive performance of the German forces.
A platoon commander of the right-hand leading company found himself advancing up a small ridge which is to the south of the copse in O8 Central where he ran up against machine-gun fire. He was joined by a KSLI officer and some men. They moved forward together, the KSLI officer was killed as well as a number of men and as the place was bristling with machine guns and the copse occupied by snipers he stayed down in shell holes, returning at night to HILL TRENCH with 11 men on receipt of orders to do so from Battalion HQ… …The men were in good heart and moved forward readily.
I attribute the results to the heavy smoke, combined with the darkness which prevented people locating their points of direction. In addition to this the enemy barrage was very heavy to which must be added the very effective use of machine-gun both from the front but also enfilading attacking troops.Sassoon's take on the attack.
S iegfried Sassoon, whose poetry famously depicted the horrors of trench warfare, mentioned the battle in his poem Memorial ashio-midori.com a month before the war's end.
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Sassoon's take on the attack. S iegfried Sassoon, whose poetry famously depicted the horrors of trench warfare, mentioned the battle in his poem Memorial ashio-midori.com a month before the war's end. A war poet is a poet who participates in a war and writes about his experiences, or a non-combatant who write poems about war.
While the term is applied especially to those who served during World War I, the term can be applied to a poet of any nationality writing about any war, including Homer's Iliad, from around the 8th century BC, and the Old English poem The Battle of Maldon, that.
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