Friday, September 08, 2006

A corner of a foreign field

Yesterday we visited the "Memorial Museum" in Bayeaux - this covers the whole of the battle of Normandy and turned out to be a good place to start our tour of Normandy museums as it provided a great overview of the campaign and has helped us make some strategic choices about which of the 26 other official Battle of Normandy museums we care to visit. I'm more impressed than ever by how much those valiant men accomplished in roughly 10 weeks, since I think it would take us almost as long to visit all the memorials. We also visited the British war cemetery and memorial. I imagine it is quite different in style from the American one (we'll visit that later) but it was very nicely done. It is a corner of a foreign field that is forever England. There is also a corner of that foreign field that is forever Deustchland, as there is a section for fallen Germans, too. I wasn't quite sure how I felt about that, but I suppose humanity is reunited in death. The Vol-in-Law didn't mind the German section "off in their little evil area", but was more disturbed by a small row of Czechs, Italians and Soviets in among the Commonwealth dead. We don't know their story, of course, but it seemed a strange grouping of allied and axis graves.
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