Ocean, sea, lake or river
In warmth, I bask, or cold I shiver
I shed my clothes
And dip my toes
The lure of water makes me quiver
Nineteen-sixteen, The Battle of Verdun
Two vast armies, French and German
The ferocious bombardment
Buried men in the trenches
The bleakest battle of World War One
From spring to winter of 1916, the German and French armies remained locked in combat at Verdun, expending hundreds of thousands of lives in a sustained battle. In the end, France could claim a defensive victory, but a huge price had been paid. – The Smithsonian; Visual History of World War One
French Casualties: 315,000–542,000 (156,000–162,000 killed) February–December 1916
German Casualties: 281,000–434,000 (c. 143,000 killed) February–December 1916
“Certainly humanity has gone mad! It must be mad to do what it’s doing. Such slaughter! Such scenes of horror and carnage! — Lieutenant Alfred Joubaire, diary entry at Verdun, May 22,1916
I am intensely interested in the history of the Great War. My great-grandfather fought with the Scottish regiments in France. He suffered from the lingering effects of the gas attacks and died early as a result. I’ve been compiling research that will eventually go into a novel I’m working on. Parts of it have been published here on my blog. There is much more to come.
Leaving high school graduation
With plans to continue my education
Such great potential
If only beer wasn’t my concentration!
Yeah, college nearly killed me. But it was a hell of a good time!