By Michael O'Connor
Following at the good fortune of Airfields and Airmen of Ypres, the writer turns his realization to the main mythical quarter of the British attempt in international battle I, the Somme. From 1916 to 1918 the British and German armies have been locked in a perilous fight the following, whereas the Royal Flying Corps and the Imperial German Air provider flew overhead. first and foremost appearing as scouts and artillery spotters, the ever extra refined plane turned tools of conflict themselves, conducting lethal clash a long way above the deadlocked armies under. This new quantity makes use of the Battleground Europe structure of maps and then-and-now illustrations to hide all of the airfields, crash websites and components linked to the devices, battles and person aces of the aerial clash of worldwide struggle I. assurance additionally contains French activities, and some American devices that served within the area close to the tip of the conflict.
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17 War rages but on the eve of the Centenary several studies showed how ignorant certain sectors of the population were of the First World War. In one survey, for example, one in five respondents thought the invasion of Poland sparked Britain’s involvement in the war, with ‘Don’t Know’ as the second most popular answer, and only 13% correctly identifying Belgium as the answer. 18 These wide gaps in knowledge highlight the immense public educational opportunities available. 19 This is a timely conclusion, for tourism and an engagement with heritage and place rely heavily on popular understandings of the war.
It draws not only on modern scientific archaeology, but on the anthropology of material culture, landscape, and identity, as well as aspects of military and cultural history, geography, and museum, heritage, and tourism studies. All or some of these can inform different aspects of research, but none are overly privileged. The challenge posed by modern conflict demands a coherent, integrated, sensitized yet muscular response in order to capture as many different kinds of information and insight as possible by exploring the ‘social lives’ of war objects through the changing values and attitudes attached to them over time.
In October 1918 Mgr. Tissier, Bishop of Chalons on Somme-Py, described his area as an ‘absolute desert, without water, people or vegetation … a land without colour which we shall call the corpse of a pays’. 25 Travel in the former war zone could also be dangerous with much unexploded ordnance lying around and gangs of deserters still preying on locals and visitors. Captain J. C. 26 But the devastated nature of the landscape was part of the attraction as parts of the old battlefields started to be opened up to tourists; in 1920 Hill 60 near Zillebeke south of Ypres was bought by a British national and a trench museum was built by British veterans.
AIRFIELDS AND AIRMEN : SOMME (Battleground Europe) by Michael O'Connor