Dec 20, 2012

Somme Battlefields, Amiens

One unexpected scene we stumbled upon while exiting Amiens was a cemetery of Somme Battlefield. Rows of white grave stones, each with names, we halted for some time here. There was not a single soul around so we weren’t sure if we would be doing the right thing by entering the place. It is not fun or adventurous either to enter cemeteries. The cemetery is situated in the beautiful region of Picardy and the D├ępartement de la Somme. The Battle of the Somme (Bataille de la Somme, Schlacht an der Somme), also known as the Somme Offensive, took place during the First World War between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on either side of the river Somme in France.


Today these battlefields of the Somme are the final resting place of many thousands of soldiers who served with the British, French and German Armies during the Great War. The battlefields scattered around have the graves for the identified and unidentified remains of those killed in action or who died of their wounds. The land on which the British cemeteries and official memorials are situated was given by the French government. It was meant for those soldiers buried or named there to remain in perpetuity.

There are plenty of guided tours to visit these cemeteries, war memorials and museums, though we didn’t plan to take any we stumbled on this place by chance. Many people take up such tours and youngsters come looking for names of their relatives. One last look at the cross there and I prayed may they rest in peace!

24 comments:

Panchali said...

very interesting details and pictures, Indrani. Thanks for sharing...

DeniseinVA said...

A beautiful final resting place. I remember my sister telling me that her mother-in-law's father is buried there.

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice shots!

EG CameraGirl said...

Cemeteries such as this are an important reminder of how devastating wars are.

Joop Zand said...

Interesting place....i have been there in 2004.....good photo's Indrani.

Greetings and i wish you a merry X-Mas, Joop

R.Ramakrishnan said...

A needless war ( as all wars are) where thousands lost their lives - May their souls continue to RIP in this lovely cemetry.

Pearl said...

respecting grief is noble but is it more important to live for ensuring peace, the absence of war, than rest in it?

Sylvia K said...

Yes, indeed! All wars are needless and sad and one can only wonder if someday countries will become wise enough to look for more peaceful ways to settle problems/differences! A beautiful, peaceful place and lovely captures as always! Have a lovely weekend, Indrani!

Giancarlo said...

Un felice Natale e uno strepitoso fine 2012 a Te e ai tuoi cari!!

TexWisGirl said...

a solemn place, for sure.

ewok1993 said...

I have started liking them, and started visiting them when in a new place. They are such peaceful spots.

Cloudia said...

Very apt, as we in the US and Hawaii bury a war hero and beloved leader this weekend.


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Rajesh said...

Interesting details of place, very neatly done.

The Write Girl said...

Thanks for sharing your images at the soldiers final resting place.

George said...

It's hard to imagine all the horrors of the Battles of the Somme taking place in this beautiful place.

ladyfi said...

What lovely shots of a very sad place.

R Sudhir Kumar said...

I will echo your last line. May they rest in peace

eileeninmd said...

Looks like a beautiful resting place for the veterans. They deserve the best! Great post, thanks for sharing. Have a happy weekend!

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

Makes it more sombre when you visit such places alone.

Laura said...

you do their memories great honor with your respectful photos Indrani.

Carol L McKenna said...

Lovely tribute to war veterans ~ Wonderful photography ~ Happy Holidays ^_^

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Bob Bushell said...

A very sad occurring, but, there are others that will do it again!

SandyCarlson said...

Such cemeteries are peaceful places, despite the horrors that led to their creation.

Shilpa Garg said...

A beautiful resting place for the souls that fought so many battles!