POETS IN ARMS

by Evelyn McKechnie The Great War began in 1914, and for many who served in the war, putting pen to paper about their experiences seemed a way out of the misery, no matter how brief the respite it gave them from the surrounding horrors. It was an era when writing was one of the mostContinue reading “POETS IN ARMS”

Mutiny on the Chemin des Dames 1917

by Evelyn McKechnie On 17th April 2017, French President Francois Hollande became the first French leader to attend a memorial service at the site of one of the most horrific and deadliest battles of World War One – the offensive of the Chemin des Dames. It would go down in history as the most disastrousContinue reading “Mutiny on the Chemin des Dames 1917”

Normandy D-Day 1944

by Evelyn McKechnie The greatest sea-borne landing exercise in the world and the Liberation of France. “I came back to see you all” In 2004, I was in Normandy for the very first time, to pay respect at the grave of my uncle, Robert McKechnie. It was when I went to write in the visitor’sContinue reading “Normandy D-Day 1944”

ANZAC DAY – Villers-Bretonneux Cemetery

by Evelyn McKechnie One of the locations in the Great War Battlefields of the Western Front app is the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Villers-Bretonneux Cemetery. It has a commanding vista with wonderful views over the French countryside. There are 2,142 Commonwealth servicemen of the Great War buried or commemorated, 609 of those are unidentified. TheContinue reading “ANZAC DAY – Villers-Bretonneux Cemetery”