Voices in the Mist (1)

Sun in Gemini

We had never been to the First World War monuments and graves in northern France. As a young man, I considered them part of a national mindset that glorified war. But, over the decades, that view was moderated and I realised that such places are the result of something much deeper in the national psyche.

And not just national. Like a vast whirlpool, WW1 drew in polarising forces from across the world as the British Commonwealth and its allies faced the might of the armies of Wilhelm, the last Kaiser and Emperor of Prussia. The opening picture is from the deeply moving Canadian monument at Vimy Ridge – to which the second post in this series will be dedicated.

But the first part of our journey was the road up the hill from the small town of Amblain St. Nazaire to the French monument of Notre Dame de Lorette. As…

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4 Responses to Voices in the Mist (1)

    • Patty says:

      Good morning Steve, or maybe it’s evening where you are?

      Anyhow, you’re welcome.

      It is always a pleasure reading your posts. I’m taken to the places you write of in a wonderfully realistic way.

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      • Steve Tanham says:

        Hello Patty. Yes it’s eight in the morning. Lovely to hear from you. I’m glad the posts let you ‘travel’ with us.

        Like

      • Patty says:

        Oh. Well… Then it is morning there too.

        I can never keep the times straight with my friends.

        Anyhow, I enjoy your posts.

        I think in fact, that I have some in a folder I’ve not read yet due to continuing computer issues last month.

        I’ll have to look.

        Have a great day.

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