High Wood

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Lid geworden op: 27 feb 2004, 09:14

High Wood

Bericht door Brodie »

High Wood
Ladies and gentlemen, this is High Wood,
Called by the French, Bois des Fourneaux,
The famous spot which in Nineteen-Sixteen,
July, August and September was the scene
Of long and bitterly contested strife,
By reason of its High commanding site.
Observe the effect of shell-fire in the trees
Standing and fallen; here is wire; this trench
For months inhabited, twelve times changes hands;
(They soon fall in), used later as a grave.
It has been said on good authority
That in the fighting for this patch of wood
Were killed somewhere above eight thousand men,
Of whom the greater part were buried here,
This mound on which you stand being ...
Madame, please,

You are requested kindly not to touch
Or take away the Company's property
As souvenirs; you. ll find we have on sale
A large variety, all guaranteed.
As I was saying, all is as it was,
This is an unknown British officer,
The tunic having lately rotten off.
Please follow me - this way ...
The path, sir, please,

The ground which was secured at great expense
The Company keeps absolutely untouched,
And in that dug-out (genuine) we provide
Refreshments at a reasonable rate.
You are requested not to leave about
Paper, or ginger-beer bottles, or orange-peel,
There are waste-paper baskets at the gate

PHILIP JOHNSTONE, 1918 (John Stanly Purvis)
dit is niet High wood maar dit is in de Vogeses
Roel R.
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Lid geworden op: 21 sep 2003, 01:50

Bericht door Roel R. »

Massatoerisme naar de "dood",

Interessant verschijnsel..
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Lid geworden op: 27 feb 2004, 09:14

Bericht door Brodie »

dit gebeurde echt na de oorlog

maar eigelijk doen wij die naar de slagvelden gaan
Zowel wo1 als 2 ook een beetje het zelfde
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