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Destruction Of World War I

 
 
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Posted 11/11/2018   01:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
To mark the centennial of Armistice Day, the closing day of World War I, I thought I'd post some reminders of the cost of the war.

The first one is of Peronne in in northern France, near the Somme battlefields, which was occupied by the Germans for most of the war.



The rest are of Lovain in Belgium, which was largely destroyed by German burning and looting in August 1914.

















I would be interested to see other cards related to the war.
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Posted 11/11/2018   07:46 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Trainwreck to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This is not a post card depicting destruction, but of German soldiers in 1916. I wonder how many of these men survived until the Armistice.


Non-philatelic, but related to the cost of war:
I recently read an article that French demining teams still recover tons of unexploded ordnance from the war each year, some of it chemical munitions.

There is a farm in Belgium sitting above a 50,000 pound unexploded mine that was meant to be detonated below German lines during the Battle of Messines in 1917, but never was.

Robert
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Posted 11/11/2018   4:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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I wonder how many of these men survived until the Armistice.


I've posted this one before, but I've wondered the same thing about these German officers.



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Posted 11/11/2018   4:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Tim H to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
D'you know Greg, I wondered the same thing myself as we were discussing the details of the map behind them. Did they survive? Did they go on to fight in WW2? What happened to them? Poignant thoughts looking at such a relaxed and happy group of men on this day of Remembrance.
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Posted 11/11/2018   9:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ikeyPikey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My complements to GregAlex, who at least has gotten a round tuit, and posted some of his BDA (Bomb Damage Assessment) cards.

I pluck them out of the bargain boxes whenever I see them, and would have quite a pile ... were I to go thru The Great Pile, and organize them a bit.

I even have at least one UXBOS (UneXploded Booklet, Original Staple) of the destruction of a port (Antwerp?).

The BDA cards are forever on my ToDo List - where tasks go to die - perhaps I'll get there before the 120th anniversary?

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey
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Posted 11/16/2018   4:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
How about a picture of The Great Pile, then?
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