Holiday Snap: Canadian War Memorial, Vimy, France


I remember reading a quote that suggested the First World War was a reinvention of landscape – though the quote was better, and I can’t currently place it. This photo shows the no-mans land at Vimy Ridge. It looks, even after so many years, very alien and un-natural. Pounded by shells, pitted with huge bunkers (named things like ‘Montreal’ and ‘Vancouver’), the earth has been resculpted by concentrated modern warfare. Though, oddly, it also looks a little like a golf course.


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