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Discussion in 'Rideouts, Trackdays, Touring & Spotted' started by Yorkshireman, Aug 12, 2018.

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  1. Yorkshireman

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    Had last week over the water with three mates, two on speed triples, one T120 and an MT07 We were based in Ypres, 5 minutes walk from the Menin Gate and toured off each day to various locations. IMG_20180807_115425.jpg
    This was Breskens in the Netherlands, 38 degrees. IMG_20180807_115711.jpg
    Cast Iron lighthouse. IMG_20180806_201021.jpg
    The Menin Gate, last post ceremony held every night at 8PM IMG_20180806_210816.jpg
    The Cloth Hall (town hall) housing the In Flanders Field museum. Pictures of the place in 1918 show it completely demolished by artillery strikes, as was almost all Ypres. IMG_20180808_133206.jpg
    Thiepval memorial to the "missing", 74,000 names on the walls!!! IMG_20180808_141409.jpg IMG_20180808_141549.jpg IMG_20180808_141553.jpg
    Lochnagar Crater. The British dug tunnels from a nearby wood and set off 60,000lbs of high explosive under a German camp on 1st July 1916, the first day of the somme.

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    This is Deborah D51, featured in the programme made by Guy Martin where he built a replica. This one was found in a field in 1998 and kept in a barn for years before this purpose built museum was constructed. IMG_20180808_165516.jpg IMG_20180808_165522.jpg IMG_20180808_165625.jpg IMG_20180808_165652.jpg
    Curious memorial to the 63rd Royal Naval Division, my granddad's unit, who fought a battle here in April 1917 forcing the Germans out of the town, Gavrelle, pushing the line back several hundred metres.
     
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    Tyne Cot cemetery IMG_20180810_112341.jpg , the largest such cemetery to British troops in the world. IMG_20180810_115419.jpg IMG_20180810_120448.jpg
    Hill 62, genuine ww1 trenches.

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    Nice write up.
    Been to most of those places.Last post ceremony is very moving.
     
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  5. Rich Bryce

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    Very nice. Thanks for the photos and write up.
     
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    Good set of pictures - done most of those places myself but good to see again. :cool:
     
  7. Yorkshireman

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    Cheers, the tank museum was pretty good, got to meet the bloke who found it and saved it for us all to see in this new museum for the (not) princely sum of €6. Seeing us in our bike gear he came over to chat to us and was very entertaining, nice chap.
     
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    Thanks for the write up and the photos:)
     
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