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 Département 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!

Festive Greetings
A Bud

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