HIROSHIMA – August 1945 and TODAY

It was Sunday,August 6, 1945, and a hot midsummer sun shone from the blue sky over Hiroshima, Japan. It had been a night of constant alerts with sirens warning of planes overhead but in the morning the all-clear sounded. The streets were full of people, workers returning from night shifts, day workers on their way to take their place, military workers, factory watchmen, women shopping, secondary school children making fire breaks, all, we can suppose, weary after a sleepless night.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Time

  This is the AFTER photograph.  I wasn't there to take the BEFORE shot, but most of us will have seen the terrible pictures of the 1944 D-Day Landings in Normandy, France, even seen the film The Longest Day, in which the graphic images of the horrors of that day and the terrible happenings on the … Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Time

Bayeux: D-Day Landings in Normandy

Bayeux is the only town in Normandy to be left completely undamaged after World War II and had the great good fortune to be quickly liberated by the Allies after the D-Day landings. For a brief period it was the capital of Free France after General De Gaulle arrived hot on the heels of the Allied forces in 1944 and set up his government in the town.

D-Day Landings at Normandy

Omaha is most remembered for the casualties the Americans took there from German machine gun fire that tore into the troops as they tried to sprint across the beach to the seawall. It was a massacre, a terrible loss of life.

Jersey at War 1940-1945

It is often forgotten in the rush to visit yet another battlefield in France that just a few miles from England’s south coast, the only territory belonging to Great Britain endured almost five years of a harsh and brutal German occupation. Hitler saw the Channel Islands as a strategic landing stage for an invasion of … Continue reading Jersey at War 1940-1945

The Poetry is in the Pity: War Poets and Poetry

Reading some of Linda O'Neil's poetry on her blog  http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/lyndaoneillpage.shtml) sent me back to my favourite war poets, Wilfrid Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg, Alun Lewis, Edward Thomas and many others, and to France where they fought.  I'm a regular visitor to France, sometimes to visit the World War I War cemeteries there, sometimes to … Continue reading The Poetry is in the Pity: War Poets and Poetry