Connecting with past conflicts

Anna Benton L5 writes: The moment we got off the coach on our World War I battlefields trip to France and Belgium, it was straight to our first destination, Bayernwald; a recreation of the German trench system. It was interesting to see how the Germans had had the advantage over the allies simply by occupying the higher ground. After a couple of other stops we settled down in the hostel, exhausted after our early start.



We visited a number of Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries for pilgrimages. Some pupils found relatives and lay a cross of remembrance; it was very emotional seeing the vast numbers of graves for men that had been killed in the war. 




Our visit to the Passchendaele Museum was incredibly interesting; we saw and walked through an extensive trench and dugout recreation. We concluded our trip with a moving service of remembrance at Tyne Cot Cemetery.
 

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