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Flanders Fields

A home exchange stay in the heart of the medieval Flemish city of Bruges (Brugge) made a convenient base for excursions to the First World War battlefields of the Ypres Salient, better known as Flanders Fields. Australians and New Zealanders considered themselves British at heart and signed up enthusiastically to be transported around the world to fight in an essentially foreign war. By the standards of any modern conflict, casualty numbers were scarcely credible; it is often said that an entire generation were lost. In my own family, five or more brothers and cousins enlisted. One lies buried at Messines, near Ypres (now better known by its Flemish name, Ieper).

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Menin Gate, Ypres
Menin Gate, Ypres
Menin Gate, Ypres
Menin Gate, Ypres
Menin Gate, Ypres
Menin Gate, Ypres
Restored British trench within the town of Ypres
Restored British trench within the town of Ypres
British bunker (pillbox) built atop a German one at Hill 60
British bunker (pillbox) built atop a German one at Hill 60
Memorial to Australian tunnellers on Hill 60
Memorial to Australian tunnellers on Hill 60
Hazards of farming in Flanders today: a collection at Hooge Crater
Hazards of farming in Flanders today: a collection at Hooge Crater
An Allied trench at Hooge Crater
An Allied trench at Hooge Crater
Poison gas shells are still being unearthed
Poison gas shells are still being unearthed
Australian memorial at Polygon Wood
Australian memorial at Polygon Wood
Australian memorial at Polygon Wood
Australian memorial at Polygon Wood
New Zealand Memorial at Polygon Wood
New Zealand Memorial at Polygon Wood
Canadian 'Brooding Soldier' memorial at St-Juliaan
Canadian 'Brooding Soldier' memorial at St-Juliaan
New Zealand Memorial, 's Graventafel, Zonnebeke
New Zealand Memorial, 's Graventafel, Zonnebeke
Tyne Cot is the largest Commonwealth military cemetery anywhere
Tyne Cot is the largest Commonwealth military cemetery anywhere
Tyne Cot Military Cemetery
Tyne Cot Military Cemetery
Tyne Cot Military Cemetery
Tyne Cot Military Cemetery
Tyne Cot Military Cemetery
Tyne Cot Military Cemetery
Three Australians 'Known Unto God' at Tyne Cot Military Cemetery
Three Australians 'Known Unto God' at Tyne Cot Military Cemetery
A Canadian, an Irish and one other casualty 'Known Unto God' at Tyne Cot Military Cemetery
A Canadian, an Irish and one other casualty 'Known Unto God' at Tyne Cot Military Cemetery
A wall at Tyne Cot continues, from the Menin Gate, the list of soldiers missing in action
A wall at Tyne Cot continues, from the Menin Gate, the list of soldiers missing in action
A German bunker within Tyne Cot Military Cemetery
A German bunker within Tyne Cot Military Cemetery
Many Commonweath visitors track down the graves of their forebears
Many Commonweath visitors track down the graves of their forebears
Essex Farm field dressing station, where John McCrae worked.
Essex Farm field dressing station, where John McCrae worked.
Grave of a 15-year-old soldier at Essex Farm Cemetery
Grave of a 15-year-old soldier at Essex Farm Cemetery
The other side: a German military cemetery at Langemark
The other side: a German military cemetery at Langemark
Map of the Western Front at Tyne Cot
Map of the Western Front at Tyne Cot
Ypres (Ieper) has been completely rebuilt
Ypres (Ieper) has been completely rebuilt