MONTFAUCON AMERICAN MONUMENT & ROMAGNE SOUS MONTFAUCON AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL
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Hi everyone

Last Sunday I has been at the Verdun Argonne area and we visited the Monfaucon American Monument situated at the destroyed town of Montfaucon, rebuilt nearby after the war.

After that we travelled too the American cemetery of Romagne sous Montfaucon and by travelling through those small towns you discover at every corner a monument.

The American cemetery is in a beautiful place over 14000 hero's found here their last rest.

I've shot again a lot of photos and if you like you can see them here: http://picasaweb.google.com/rennog/WWIBattlefields

Martin

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#2

Great pictures Martin i am jealous thank you very much

 

 

Vero ;)

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#3

Great pictures Martin! :armata_PDT_37: The cemetery looks like a beautiful & peaceful place. Thank you for letting us see it through your eyes.

 

mary ann

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#4
Thanks. It is so beautiful. Looks like a painting. I appreciate all the time and effort to share them with all of us too.
Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#5

Thanks for posting. Scenes such as this or V's pictures from Belleau Wood and Aisne - Marne made me think of the lyrics for The Green Fields of France by Eric Bogle.

 

Well, how do you do, Private William McBride,

Do you mind if I sit down here by your graveside?

And rest for awhile in the warm summer sun,

I've been walking all day, and I'm nearly done.

And I see by your gravestone you were only 19

When you joined the glorious fallen in 1916,

Well, I hope you died quick and I hope you died clean

Or, Willie McBride, was it slow and obscene?

 

Did they Beat the drum slowly, did the play the pipes lowly?

Did the rifles fir o'er you as they lowered you down?

Did the bugles sound The Last Post in chorus?

Did the pipes play the Flowers of the Forest?

 

And did you leave a wife or a sweetheart behind

In some loyal heart is your memory enshrined?

And, though you died back in 1916,

To that loyal heart are you forever 19?

Or are you a stranger without even a name,

Forever enshrined behind some glass pane,

In an old photograph, torn and tattered and stained,

And fading to yellow in a brown leather frame?

 

The sun's shining down on these green fields of France;

The warm wind blows gently, and the red poppies dance.

The trenches have vanished long under the plow;

No gas and no barbed wire, no guns firing now.

But here in this graveyard that's still No Man's Land

The countless white crosses in mute witness stand

To man's blind indifference to his fellow man.

And a whole generation who were butchered and damned.

 

And I can't help but wonder, no Willie McBride,

Do all those who lie here know why they died?

Did you really believe them when they told you "The Cause?"

Did you really believe that this war would end wars?

Well the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame

The killing, the dying, it was all done in vain,

For Willie McBride, it all happened again,

And again, and again, and again, and again.

Maj Todd O. USMC, Retired
Grandson of LTC John O'Brien
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#6

This song wonderful helps to bring home and let in the real bravery of all those that fought and died in WW1 and WW2 for people they never met, I wouldn't be the person i am today without them forever greatful.

 

V

 

Here the song ;

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN-NIHbfJ1k

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#7

And I can't help but wonder, no Willie McBride,

Do all those who lie here know why they died?

Did you really believe them when they told you "The Cause?"

Did you really believe that this war would end wars?

Well the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame

The killing, the dying, it was all done in vain,

For Willie McBride, it all happened again,

And again, and again, and again, and again.

 

You keep coming up with this wonderful poetry. Like so many, I was not familiar with this one. Getting to the last para, well...let's just say I got tears in my eyes. Again, and again and again and again... :unsure:

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#8

The Lost Battalion of WWI, trapped for 6 long days in the Argonne Forrest from October 2nd thru 7th, 1918. ... There is the photograph of Lieutenant Erwin Bleckley Russell. which Martin took the photo of the Grave

 

http://prosites-johnrcotter.homestead.com/..._battalion.html

 

 

V

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#9

woah... what awesome photos!

 

That old church must have been grand.

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#10

Thx that you like the photos, when I'm visiting such places I have always in mind to make lots and good photos to share them with you, knowing that most of you are far away from the fields where your family member gave us liberty. *Twice*

 

Thx Vero for the info about Lt. Erwin Bleckley Russell I shot the photo by chance not knowying anything about the soldier, you must know that here at the Us cemetery in lux we have only 1 MOH (as I know) bearer and if you don't know where he's lying, good luck to find him, so here at the cem in france I found him in one of the first rows I've walked through and thought hey you're lucky and made the shot.

 

Personaly I think that all those who are lying there are hero's.

 

Your're welcome CaptO, great Poem "The Cause?" I hope that one day you would be stationned in europe so we can meet and visit some battlefields together.

 

 

Yup the church were quite big, the shelling must have been like hell.

 

Martin

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