Ypres, Flanders Fields and the Great War…Do you know?

Posted by on April 15, 2008

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“…In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below….”

(2)

“…The five prisoners taken said that they were the only survivors of a detachment of 100 men….In the two days the losses of the enemy were more than 400 killed and 600 wounded….”

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“…Suddenly we were rained with bullets from rifles and machine-guns. We extended. Men were being hit everywhere….My platoon seemed to have vanished just before I was hit. Whether they were in shell-holes or whether they were all hit, or whether they had found some passage through the wire, I cannot say. I only know that, with the exception of Corporal Hopkinson and one or two Lewis Gunners who went forward soon after, they had all vanished. (5)

May we never forget though the passage of time be great, of the Great War and the sacrifices made by the common men (and women) of the times. Sometimes, only looking at our current situations and episodes, it is easy to forget where we came from and the lives that preceded ours. Working with today’s post, I thought it would be better to listen to the actual words, thoughts, and comments of those in battle. Please try the links below for more information.

Have a great day, see you tomorrow!

Links:

In Flanders Fields Museum

In Flanders Field (Wikipedia)

Sources:

(1) Nara

(2) Wikipedia : In Flanders Fields-John McCrae

(3) NY Times, Feb. 28, 1915 (source: NY Times online)

(4) Nara

(5) Project Gutenberg: At Ypres with Best-Dunkley, Thomas Hope Floyd

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