Thursday, October 23, 2014

Photos from the Western Front, Part 2


(Click on the photographs to enlarge further).

Battlefield in the Marne between Souain and Perthes, 1915. 

Soldiers in trenches during write letters home. Life in the trenches was summed up by the phrase which later became well-known: "Months of boredom punctuated by moments of extreme terror." 

At Cambrai, German soldiers load a captured British Mark I tank onto a railroad, in November of 1917. Tanks were first used in battle during World War I, in September of 1916, when 49 British Mark I tanks were sent in during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette. 

British soldiers on Vimy Ridge, 1917. British and Canadian forces pushed through German defenses at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April of 1917, advancing as far as six miles in three days, retaking high ground and the town of Thelus, at the cost of nearly 4,000 dead. 





At a height of 150 meters above the fighting line, a French photographer was able to capture a photograph of French troops on the Somme Front, launching an attack on the Germans, ca. 1916. The smoke may have been deployed intentionally, as a screening device to mask the advance. 

Canadian soldiers tend to a fallen German on the battlefield at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917. 
Bodies of allied soldiers strewn about a bombed landscape in "No Man's Land" in front of the Canadian lines at Courcelette in 1916, during the Battle of the Somme. 

An explosion near trenches dug into the grounds of Fort de la Pompelle, near Reims, France. 

French soldiers wearing gas masks in a trench, 1917. gas mask technology varied widely during the war, eventually developing into an effective defence, limiting the value of gas attacks in later years. 

French soldiers make a gas and flame attack on German trenches in Flanders, Belgium, on January 1, 1917. Both sides used different gases as weapons during the war, both asphyxiants and irritants, often to devastating effect. 

French soldier in gas mask, 1916.

Gassed patients are treated at the 326th Field Hospital near Royaumeix, France, on August 8, 1918. The hospital was not large enough to accommodate the large number of patients. 

British soldiers and Highlanders with German prisoners walk past war ruins and a dead horse, after the Battle of the Menin Road Ridge, part of the Third Battle of Ypres in September of 1917. The sign near the railroad tracks reads (possibly): "No Trains. Lorries for Walking Wounded at Chateau [Potijze?]". 

A horse is restrained while it is attended to at a veterinary hospital in 1916. 

A gigantic shell crater, 75 yards in circumference, Ypres, Belgium, October 1917. 

British MkIV "Bear" tank, abandoned after battle near Inverness Copse, on August 22 , 1917. 

Cleaning up German trenches at St. Pierre Divion. In the foreground a group of British soldiers are sorting through equipment abandoned in the trenches by the Germans when St Pierre Divion was captured. One soldier has three rifles slung on his shoulder, another has two. Others are looking at machine gun ammunition. The probable photographer, John Warwick Brooke, has achieved considerable depth of field as many other soldiers can be seen in the background far along the trenches. 

Bringing Canadian wounded to the Field Dressing Station, Vimy Ridge in April of 1917. German prisoners assist in pushing the rail car. 

On the British front, Christmas Dinner, 1916, in a shell hole beside a grave. 

A mine tunnel is dug under the German lines on the Vosges front, on October 19, 1916. The sappers worked at a depth of about 17 meters, until they reached a spot below enemy positions, when large explosives would be placed and later detonated, destroying anything above. 

Soldier's comrades watch him as he sleeps, near Thievpal, France. Soldiers are standing in a very deep, narrow trench, the walls of which are entirely lined with sandbags. At the far end of the trench a line of soldiers are squashed up looking over each others' shoulders at the sleeping man. 

Men wounded in the Ypres battle of September 20th, 1917. Walking along the Menin road, to be taken to the clearing station. German prisoners are seen assisting at stretcher bearing.

* * * * * * * * *

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Adversity and Overcoming - Quotes



Last week I quoted Nietzsche (below) to an elderly client, Margaret, who is experiencing legal difficulties: “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger.”


She responded with “The pain we feel today is the strength we feel tomorrow.”

How true that often lessons are learnt from pain and that sometimes we grow from being hurt. . .  from standing firm, withstanding, overcoming.

The full quotation pf the words quoted by Margaret, bless her, is 

The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is opportunity for growth.

- Author unknown

Some other quotations on a similar theme:

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved. 
– Helen Keller

The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves. 
– Leonardo da Vinci

Never give in.. never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force.. never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. 
– Winston Churchill

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
– A. A. Milne (as Winnie the Pooh)

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along”. 
– Eleanor Roosevelt

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places. 
– Ernest Hemingway

You will never truly know yourself or the strength of your relationships until both have been tested by adversity.
- J K Rowling

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.” 
- Albert Schweitzer

The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place It will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you're hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!
- Sylvester Stallone (as Rocky Balboa)


* * * * * * * * *

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Trivia Tuesday


* * * * * * * *

There are strict rules about which horse names are acceptable or otherwise when registering in various countries.

Nonetheless owners still try to get imaginative names through with creative spellings.

In the US names that have sneaked past the watchful eye of the Jockey Club have included 
Hoof Hearted
Isitingood, and 
Peony's Envy. 

Closer to home, some Oz names that have managed to achieve registration include:
Screaman Seaman
Cunning Stunt

Blackman, named after the artist Charles Blackman, had a name change after a complaint.  It was changed to Lady Blackman.
Belle Terras (“Belt her arse”)
Tsipura (Backwards, “Are you pissed?”)
Sirjonker, a colt from the stallion Imperial. It was required to be changed when the suits realised that it sounded as Sir John Kerr.  It didn't matter that when Kerr presented the winner’s cup and made a speech at the 1977 Melbourne Cup he was as drunk as a lord.
Far Call

And more. . . 
Was That You [out of Northern Scent]
Esranit (Tin Arse backwards)
Esrasgip (Pig’s Arse backwards)
Anaratta De Toor (Rooted at Tarana backwards) – the owners were from Tarana
Topsipp (Ppis Pot backwards)

* * * * * * * *
The word “Tonto” means “stupid” in Spanish. When The Lone Ranger was shown in Latin America, he was called Toro, meaning bull.


* * * * * * * *

Australia is the only country that is also a continent.

* * * * * * * *

The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache on a standard playing card.

The king of hearts is sometimes called the "suicide king" because he appears to be sticking his sword into his head. However, it is debated whether or not the sword and hand holding it actually belong to the king, due to a different design pattern that could indicate someone else stabbed him.

* * * * * * * *

When Richard Nixon resigned the Presidency on 9 August, 1974, he flew home aboard Air Force One. However, the resignation was not official until he was more than halfway in the journey. At that point the pilot, contacted Kansas City Centre and had the aircraft's call sign changed from Air Force One to SAM 27000 Nixon is the only President to have boarded Air Force One as a President and disembarked as a private citizen.

* * * * * * * * *

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Miscellany: Some Odds, Ends and Personals



* * * * * * * *
No personals this week, no emails received, except one from Byter Brett with a risqué joke response to the canary joke from last Friday.

* * * * * * * *
Some more charts showing fundamental truths in a simple manner:





















* * * * * * * * *