What a Day

Posted: September 12, 2017 in Uncategorized

It is hard to put into words the events of today. I joined a tour with Linving Memory Tours to tour The Somme and Vimy regions. What an incredible day and tour. It is one thing to read about these places and watch them in the news or videos and another to actually walk on the same soil. Definitely an experience I’m looking forward to bringing back to my students.

I’ll come back and add some captions once I’ve had some time to process.

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Arras France. 

Posted: September 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

My hotel for the night.

Deep fried Camembert cheese on mixed green.

Arrras town hall. The belfry is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Hill 67 and Caen

Posted: September 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

We ended the day at Hill 67 and in the town of Caen. Hill 67 was a strategic point as most of the rest of the land around was flat farm land. The Canadians were the first allied forces to enter the town of Caen. Due to the bombardment and fighting the town was 75 % destroyed. Many of the buildings were restored after the war to the way they were before.

Hill 67

Hill 67 monument. The base of the monument is shaped like a maple leaf.

Downtown Caen. If you look close enough around the windows you will see bullet marks.

William the Conqueror castle in Caen

A bombed out church in Caen. 75% of the city was destroyed.

More of the Canadian Sector

Posted: September 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

From the cemetery we traveled to a few other significant areas. First up was Authie a small village where a number of Canadian soldiers were killed and their bodies left in the street. A local doctor attempted to provide assistance to some of the soldiers , but he too was killed. 

Next up was an area called Hells Corners. Canadian Soldiers were held up here for a month by German forces before they could make any advance.

From here we went to The Ardenne Abbey. Where a number of Canadian prisoners were brought here and executed on July 7th and 8th. 

This is what The Ardenne Abbey looks like today. If you follow the Ardenne Abbey link above you can see what it looked like in 1944.

Authie France where soldiers were shot against the building. You can see the white pock marks from the bullets.