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              FRONT PAGE     NEWS & INFO 30 January 2018
              Saint Mihiel Salient:

              Montauville Nécropole Nationale 

              Bois le Prêtre  /  Priesterwald

              Fey-en-Haye Destroyed Village

              Kühlewein Brunnen - Vilcey-sur-Trey 

              year of visit: 2012. 
              NEWS - New Pierre's Hansi Lecture
              Dear Friends of

              Pierre’s Photo Impressions of the Western Front,

              Thank you, all, for your kind reactions on my extensive revision of my 2005 chapter about Hill 60 - Hollebeke - St. Elooi - Lankhof Farm”!

              Bilingual - English text:

              I would like to invite you, and especially my friends from Flandres and the Netherlands, to read and watch my lecture in the Dutch language of 9 September 2017 for the audience of the Dutch WFA: "Uncle Hansi; Friend of Children and Hater of the Huns", or in Dutch: “Oom Hansi – Kindervriend en Moffenhater”. - In almost every village of any interest in Alsace you will find souvenir shops selling all kinds of items with prints of Hansi's illustrations. Many tourists don’t have a clue about the underlying meaning of Hansi's appearantly innocent images; his aversion from the Germans and their Pangermanism. Years of study always lead to progressive insights which I have processed in this lecture.

              Dutch text:

              Graag wil ik u uitnodigen om mijn geïllustreerde lezing te lezen en te bekijken “Oom Hansi; Kindervriend en Moffenhater”. Op 9 september 2017 had ik de eer deze lezing te mogen voordragen voor de leden van de Western Front Association Nederland. - In bijna elk dorp van enig belang in de Elzas vindt men souvenirwinkels, die allerlei snuisterijen verkopen met veel prints van de illustraties van Hansi. Menig doorsnee toerist heeft geen flauw benul van de achterliggende betekenis van Hansi’s onschuldig lijkende afbeeldingen; zijn afkeer van de Duitsers en hun Pangermanisme. Jarenlange studie leidt telkens weer tot voortschrijdende inzichten, die ik in deze lezing heb verwerkt. -

              Voor de afbeeldingen, die u straks zult zien, heb ik uiteraard gebruik gemaakt van de projecties, die ik tijdens mijn lezing heb gebruikt. Voor mijn website heb ik een kader toegevoegd, waarin ik 23 voetnoten heb opgenomen en mijn voornaamste bronnen van mijn lezing.

              I hope, dear Guests,  that you will enjoy “Oom Hansi; Kindervriend en Moffenhater”.

              Pierre Grande Guerre – 30 January 2018

              Lees ook mijn artikel van februari 2017: "Mata Hari - Het Spionagedossier"

              Recent 2016 Revisions - Ypres Salient !

              Hill 60 - Hollebeke - St. Elooi - Lankhof Farm

              Maple Copse – Hill 62 - Hooge

              Messines Ridge – The Battle of Messines

              Menin Road, stage 1

              Ypres Salient: Vierstraat - Mount Kemmel”  

               Traces of Bairnsfather – The Christmas Truce"

              Shrewsbury Forest and the Zandvoorde Bunker”  

              Clapham Junction – Polygon Wood” .

              - Furtheron .....

              I would like to invite you to visit my illustrated lecture of 16 April 2016 for the audience of the Dutch W.F.A. about “The Blue Devils in the Vosges”, the Chasseurs Alpins. The text is in Dutch, alas. If you are not a Dutch speaker, you will have to use a translation application to enable you to understand the core of the message. For now, click on

              De Blauwe Duivels in de Vogezen”.

              I would like to invite you also to visit my illustrated lecture of June 2015 about the Red Devils of the 152e R.I. on the Hartmannswillerkopf.

              Click on

               "De Rode Duivels op de Hartmannswillerkopf – 1915".   

              Thank you in advance for your visit.

              With regards,

              Pierre Grande Guerre – 30 January 2018

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              Saint Mihiel Salient:
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              Alsace Northern Vosges.
              Pierre Grande Guerre -  30 January 2018 - pierregrandeguerre@hotmail.nl .
              Pierre Grande Guerre shows his photo impressions of his trips along the Western Front with his selfmade photo's, historic pictures, and maps. From Nieuport on the Yser, Belgium, until Pfetterhouse, Alsace-Sundgau, France; Pierre's Photo Impressions of the Western Front. Few words, many pictures, and many links.
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              First Warning: Sometimes on the battlefield you will still find relics of explosives. All these shells, hand grenades, and mortar rounds can even nowadays still be very dangerous. Some of the artillery bombs may contain poison gass, which can cause severe blistering or worse injuries. In France it is by law forbidden to remove relics from the battlefield. So, it is for your own safety: take a picture of the steel harvest, but leave these relics untouched!
              Second Warning: Do not enter fortresses, bunkers, or tunnel systems without proper guidance or thorough preparation. This can be very dangerous. In many strongholds the walls and ceilings are unstable, and there might be shafts, until 40m. deep. Only recently, on 12 July 2009, a 25-year old, Swiss tourist was not cautious enough, and fell down one of these shafts of Fort de Souville near a Pamart bunker for about 20 m.! It took a special rescue team almost 3 hours to rescue this still lucky tourist!
              (Source: L'Est Républicain, 12-07-2009.)


              ditwordtniets op 26-10-2010 21:02
              beste pierre,
              elk jaar, rond 11 november bezoek ik "iets" van de WO I of II.
              Binnenkort ga ik dus op bezoek in Vimy of naar N.D. de Loretto in de buurt van Bethune in Noord-Frankrijk. Ben jij daar ooit geweest en waarop moet ik letten?
              groetjes Bertje
              Pierre op 26-10-2010 21:06
              @ Bertje. Als je een beetje verder kijkt hier, Bertje, vind je op de Artois-pagina's uitgebreide foto-impressies van de door jouw genoemde plaatsen.
              OOk de Wapenstilstandplaats nabij Compiegne is hier te vinden.
              ditwordtniets op 26-10-2010 21:11
              Aah zo , pierre, hartelijk bedankt , ik zal hier heel wat inspiratie opdoen voor de komende jaren, zo te zien

              Pierre op 28-10-2010 12:12
              @Bertje. Graag gedaan. Inderdaad, komen de meeste mensen nog eens terug om weer wat andere pagina's hier te bezoeken. Dit weekend komt er al weer een nieuwe impressie bij.
              Pierre op 17-01-2011 14:57

              @ All Regular Visitors. Someone intruded somehow behind the screens of my website and deleted all your by me much appreciated reactions on my Vosges Photo Impressions. Of course I changed directly, but also too late of course, my security. Support me, my friends, and try to post (again) a short reaction in a reaction box below one of my Vosges Photo Impressions. Thanks in advance for your support against internet vandalism.


              Tim Slater op 05-09-2011 19:44
              Pierre, what an awesome website .... I first found it when doing some internet research on the second battle of Munster (the French attack on the Linge in July 1915) following a two week holiday in the Vosges in early August this year. After visiting your site I realize how much I missed in the area and will definitely be going back. For me one of your site’s strengths is the way you have combined the contemporary material, trench maps, sketches, photographs, and the events narrative with your visit photographs, it really brings the subject to life. I intend to visit the Somme at the end of September (for the umpteenth time) and will definitely be using your website to plan the visit. On the subject of the Vosges are you able to recommend any English texts that cover the events there during1914-15? Whilst I can read simple ‘menu’ French more complex texts prove more problematic!
              Pierre op 06-09-2011 11:24
              @ Tim. Thank you, Tim, for your laudable words here. Considering English/American books about the Vosges; I base all my knowledge on French, German and Dutch books and texts. I don’t know alas of any English books, otherwise I would have recommended you these. The English language battlefield guide books, that I know of, finish at the St. Mihiel Salient.
              The only translation of a German text is of my late pen friend, Herr Dose, who published the diaries of his father, fighting at the Lingekopf in 1915: http://net.lib.byu.edu/estu/wwi/dose/01-Vogesen-01.htm . It is also possible that you will find some texts on this excellent website: http://wwi.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Main_Page .
              I have planned more photo pages about the Vosges in the near future, Tim, like for instance about the Donon. If you prefer to be timely informed about my extensions and updates of this website, Tim, please write me a short e-mail to pierre_grandeguerre@live.nl and I will put your name on my address list of my monthly newsletter. If you prefer to follow me for these updates on Facebook, I have also a non-public account under the same name, Pierre Grande Guerre.
              I wish you a nice stay at the Somme. Thanks again for your kind words, Tim.
              Tim Slater op 15-09-2011 20:03
              Thank you for the links. Herr Dose’s webpage was really useful and complemented the book ‘The Linge 1915’ I bought from the Museum when I was there in August. I will be following your exploits with interest on Facebook
              Ferdinand Freier op 03-04-2013 20:04

              ¡Qué todo vaya bien!

              Esperaremos ansiosos los próximos viajes... A cuidarse... Con nuestros mejores deseos para vosotros... ¡Ánimo!

              Pierre Grande Guerre op 04-04-2013 13:56

              @ Sr. Freier. Muchas Gracias, Ferdinand!

              Christine & Pierre

              Oswald Schwitter op 15-11-2013 17:19

              Hello Peter and Christine,

              was just back tp your site - and conclude that Christine's health condition is stable. My best wishes to both of you.

              With cordial regards. Oswald.

              Pierre Grande Guerre op 15-11-2013 17:29

              @ Oswald Schwitter. Hi Oswald, Thank you very much for your interest in Christine's health! There is only one extra complication: on last 1 October she has broken her ankle during a visit in the hospital. She is now on "walking plaster" stumbling around in the house! Thank you for your concern and best wishes. From us: all the best to you, my friend,  and much success and many visitors to your website! :)



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