WW1 Photos Centenary Website: 2014-2018 By Paul Reed

Fragile Communities On The Brink of War

Ypres 1914

Ypres 1914

A century ago today the cities, towns and villages that would fall in the path of war and the destruction of the Western Front went about their business as usual. The 1st August 1914 was a Saturday and no doubt the market seen in Ypres above was its usual busy self. In the fields near Mont St Eloi, on what would become the battlefields of Arras, the crops were getting ready to be harvested.

Mont St Eloi

Mont St Eloi

In Albert the basilica (below), only two years old, would soon be ringing its bells to summon the ‘Ceux de 1914′ – the generation who went to war in France in 1914 – to uniform and the road to the front. Four years later all these places stood in ruins, now part of the ‘Zone Rouge’ – the Red Zone, that long swathe of Europe smashed to oblivion by the Great War.

Albert 1914

Albert 1914

2 responses

  1. Geoff Bridger

    Thanks Paul.
    Great pictures from your fantastic photograph archive.
    I can remember you buying some – it seems a very long time ago now!
    It’s wonderful you are sharing them.
    All the best,
    Geoff

    01/08/2014 at 10:38

    • sommecourt

      Thanks Geoff – many happy memories researching the Old Front Line with you mate!

      01/08/2014 at 11:24

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