Even now, over 100 years later, the words Battle of the Somme send a cold shiver down the spine. Though any war is brutal and casualties can be heavy, the battle between the British and French troops against the Germans in northern France is infamous for the horrific loss of life. More than three million men fought in the battle and one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history. To mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, 72,396 shrouded figures have been laid out in rows, shoulder to shoulder covering an area over 4,000 square metres across the South Park Lawn in the Olympic Park, best known for being a pivotal part of the 2012 Olympics. Each figure represents a British serviceman killed at The Battle of the Somme who has no known grave, many of whose bodies were never recovered from the battlefields. The Shrouds of the Somme is a poignant tribute.
I was lucky enough to spend Christmas in the small town of Bubry. It was so rural, so far away from life in the city. And the skylines were wonderful. I have also added it to Paula’s very cool Black and White Sunday weekly theme. You can check it out and other entries here.
With the Besançon-born Lumière brothers so prominent in the early days of filmmaking, it is no surprise just one quiz wasn’t going to be enough for our Gallic counterparts. Over the decades, and especially recently, there have been some great ones. How will you do in Part 2 of the French films quiz? If you missed it, here is Part 1.