Re: [MV] Historical sites in France?

Cris Calhoun (
Sat, 11 Jul 1998 09:46:38 -0700

For a sense of the awful battles of WWI, find a copy of The First Day
on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook (ISBN 0-14-006883-x) and read it,
then when you get over there, rent a car and explore the battlefields
between Albert and Bapaume. (The book has a guided tour section in the

There is still much evidence of that first day of July, 1916, when the
British suffered 60,000 casualties. The fields are still littered with
shrapnel, shells, bullets and barbed wire. At the corner of their
fields, farmers make little piles of the live shells from that day that
get plowed up each spring. There are many graves.

That, of course, is only one of many, just from WWI.


Cris Calhoun

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