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Pensées — Flanders

Ubi sunt...

Alsace Ardenne Champagne Flanders Normandy World War I World War II

Ubi sunt...

Few people today associate the pastoral scenery of northern France and Belgium with bloodshed and war, but for previous generations of Americans this was not the case.  Battlefields in the Flanders and along the Somme and Marne rivers were places of remembrance where comrades, brothers and sons had fallen in battle.  In the First World War, these were sites of prolonged engagement in which hundreds of thousands lost their lives in exchange for inches of ground, and so these places were emblems of the evils and vanity of war.  Next year marks one hundred years since the end of World...

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