Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Le Hamel - Somme ...

... the Hindenburg Line ... (EN)
 by en.wikipedia.org
... was a vast system of defences in northeastern France 
 during World War I It was constructed by the Germans (using
 Russian Prisoners of War as labour) during the winter of 1916–17.
The line stretched from Lens to beyond Verdun ...  
... view on the fields of Somme valley from Chemin de Sailly Laurette ...
... deep crimson 'Cirsium rivulare Atropurpureum' thistles ...
EN: brook / ornamental thistle - NL: oeverdistel
FR: Cirse des ruisseaux - DE: Bach-Kratzdistel
source photo: infoboard - Australians in France  (World War I) ...
Australia's first experience with war was at Gallipoli in Turkey in 1915,
where they fought as part of the Australian and New Zealand Army corps -
The Anzacs. After the evacuation of Gallipoli in December 1915,
the Australians  returned to Egypt for rest and further training.
In March 1916 the first Australians began arriving in France
to fight the Western Front.
Australian soldiers were astonished by the welcome they received
from the people of France as they made their way by train from
 the south of the country to the north where the battle raged ....
source: infoboard
... an RE8 Aircraft on the airfield of the 3rd Squadron,
 AFC, at Ballieul, 1917
source photo/ text : infoboard

Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 ... (EN)
 by en.wikipedia.org
First flight: 17 June 1916 - retired: 1918
... was a British two-seat biplane reconnaissance
and bomber aircraft of the First World War ...
... Australien Corps Memorial in distance ...
... a sea of scarlet field poppies ...
Poppies, a symbol of remembrance to fallen soldiers at war.
The poppy emblem was chosen because of the poppies
that bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders
in World War I, their red colour an appropriate symbol
for the bloodshed of trench warfare ...
source: en.wikipedia.org

Le Hamel, Australian Corps Memorial ... (EN)
 by ww1westernfront.gov.au
 ... Australians on the Western front 1914 - 1918 ...