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Centenary of the Armistice

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A short trip to the Somme battlefields 100 years after the end of the First World War.

November 4, 2018: Beaumont-Hamel, Picardy, France. The remains of trenches from the Battle of the Somme in World War 1 at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial

The German frontline trench.

Despite the size of the shell craters, the Germans were able to shelter in deep underground bunkers during the barrage.

November 4, 2018: Picardy, France. The Thiepval Memorial designed by Edwin Lutyens commemorates the 73,000 British and French missing soldiers on the Somme battlefield

The names of the missing from around these fields are inscribed in the Portland stone.

November 4, 2018: Picardy, France. The Lost Lives exhibition commemorating the casualties on each day of the First World War. Created by artist Rob Heard, one shrouded figure is laid by a cross on which a small plaque records the number killed on each of the 1,561 days of the First World War. The shrouds are being moved from the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme in France to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London from 8-18 November 2018 for the Centenary of the Armistice.

November 4, 2018: Picardy, France. A bunch of wild red poppies growing on the Somme battlefield in France as the sun sets