Poppy day

Alan

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Today is Poppy Day.

I hope everybody took a moment today to give some thought for those who sacrificed so much in times of war.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poppy_Day


The Battle of Delville Wood

A subsidiary attack of the Somme Offensive, and fought from July 15 until 3 September 1916, the Battle of Delville Wood saw the capture of the wood that had been skirted during the Battle of Bazentin Ridge when Longueval fell to the British on 9 July.

It was essential to the British that the wood be cleared of Germans before any attack could be launched on the formidable, and notorious, German Switch Line. The task of capturing the wood was handed to the South African Brigade of some 3,150 men, attached to the 9th Scottish Division.

On July 15 at dawn the South African regiment went in following a heavy artillery battle: they managed to clear the southern edge of German forces. The remainder of the wood remained in German hands.

Hand to hand fighting ensued until the South Africans were relieved on the night of July 19, having lost 766 dead among the four battalions alone; the dead outnumbered the wounded by four to one. Throughout poor weather (it rained often) and enemy artillery fire which reached a crescendo of 400 shells a minute, the surrounding landscape was transformed into a mess of broken, stumpy tree roots and massive shell holes.

Mud and rainwater covered bodies of South African and German forces alike - many bodies remain in the wood today (which is now in private hands). The Germans lost 9,500 men by August alone.

The wood was never entirely taken by the South African forces, despite huge efforts to do so. It wasn't until after another month of fierce fighting had taken place, on August 25, that 14th (Light) Division finally took the wood and overcame German resistance.

Delville Wood remained the most costly action the South African Brigade fought on the Western Front.

During the final great German push of March 1918 the wood was again taken by the Germans on March 24 but was recaptured by 38th (Welsh) Division on August 28.

Today the wood and nearby memorial is looked after by the South African Government. The Delville Wood Cemetery contains 5,493 burials. Almost two-third of these are unknown.

The South African Brigade had fought steadfastly under such appalling and prolonged circumstances that in the grim litany of the Somme's savagery of sustained attack and counter-attack, Delville Wood stands unenviably pre-eminent.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delville_Wood

Sobering :(
 

Alchemist

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I made a donation to the WW2 Veterans association and wore my poppy on my shirt today.
 

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Not forgetting the contributions South Africa made in WWII.

Amongst others , 6th SA Armoured Division fought in Italy during WWII.

RIP.
 

Alan

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Not forgetting the contributions South Africa made in WWII.

Amongst others , 6th SA Armoured Division fought in Italy during WWII.

RIP.
My grandfather was in North Africa and Italy. Unfortunately he was involved in "clean up" operations so he got to see the real horrors of war. My other grandfather flew transports. He died on this day 8 years ago :(
 

Alan

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Mine too, what do you mean by cleanup operations?
He was a mechanic. So after a battle he had to salvage vehicles and such. Of course a knocked out vehicle usually doesn't leave much left of the occupants.:sick:
 

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He was a mechanic. So after a battle he had to salvage vehicles and such. Of course a knocked out vehicle usually doesn't leave much left of the occupants.:sick:
Oh ok, can't be very pleasant. :sick:
 

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My grandfather was also in North Africa.

Hearing some of the stories from him were very very sobering.

RIP to all those who gave their lives in WWII and RIP to my grandfather who died a few years ago, and to my grandmother who was part of the war effort who died last week. May your efforts never be forgotten, and may you always be remembered for your sacrifices.
 

Syndyre

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RIP to all those who gave their lives in WWII and RIP to my grandfather who died a few years ago, and to my grandmother who was part of the war effort who died last week. May your efforts never be forgotten, and may you always be remembered for your sacrifices.
Seconded.
 

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and of course, it being a 'poppy day' - not forgetting the joyous fact that many species of poppies - including some of those growing in SA, can provide one with the easy makings of opium. Naturally the authorities like people believing the urban myth that only the poppies which grow in central asia, can supply the good stuff. A couple of former US presidents, kept poppies for this medicinal purpose, in their flower gardens at the White House..
Do some googling then go hunt poppies..in remembrance of poppies, and those who died in the big corporate political killing frenzy known as the World Wars.

happy poppy day.
 
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How inappropriate!!
Think I saw poppies growing on side of my road this week.

And a moment to all of those who sacrificed their lives in the world wars.
 

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First World War was a truly ugly affair. Worse, I think, because of the idiotic way it started, dragging in various nations.

Relatives who were involved in either of the two world wars never spoke of their experiences.
 

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My grandfather made a point of talking about it... to try and get as many people who hadn't experienced it to get an idea of how bad it was.
He wanted such a thing to never happen again, unfortunately it looks like good old Dubya is trying to start WWIII :(
 

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My grandfather was also in North Africa.

Hearing some of the stories from him were very very sobering.

RIP to all those who gave their lives in WWII and RIP to my grandfather who died a few years ago, and to my grandmother who was part of the war effort who died last week. May your efforts never be forgotten, and may you always be remembered for your sacrifices.
condolences to you and your family, ToxicBunny.
 

ToxicBunny

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I'm still dealing with the whole thing.... but many thanks love56k, and everyone else who has said a similar thing. :)
 

Chris_the_Brit

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Very sobering to remember this day :(

As usual LG had to put his 'corporations are the ev0L' spin on it :sick:
 
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