Sunday, 6 March 2016

Mesen about

We've all heard of Messines Ridge, right?  Perched atop this feature is the small town of Mesen (that's how the locals spell it), rebuilt after something of a pummelling during the Great War.  Incidentally, the degree of elevation afforded by this much fought-over ridge is akin to standing on a table, but given the flatness of the surrounding terrain it remains a commanding position.
The church above - fully open to visitors - was levelled during the fighting, though wounded soldiers were treated in the crypt,including one Corporal Hitler!
I know I have a number of readers in NZ, so I made a point of photographing this fine memorial.

The other Great War statue in town recalls the 1914 Christmas Truce.  I think it's rather charming.
More news from Belgium soon.


Nick Grant said...

Thanks for the post.

Paul Foster said...

Nice one Tim.