|Memorial on Arnhem Bridge|
And drive I did, as I landed at the airport in Brussels and drive as directly as I could to Arnhem, the goal of Operation Market Garden in the fall of 1944. That operation was to cross the Rhine and end the war earlier, perhaps saving many lives in the process. The mission failed at a significant cost not just to the Allies but also the people of the Netherlands who had thought they had just been liberated. And now we have a phrase that lives in: A Bridge Too Far.
Anyhow, with a car, I was able to stop by a variety of historical sites, including battlefields and military cemeteries. Here are just a few of the many pictures I took along the way. All I can say is that the travels certainly provided me with a large serving of perspective sauce.
|Canadian Military Cemetery, Netherlands|
|Easy Company Memorial, |
next to where they fought in Bastogne
|US Military Cemetery, Luxembourg|
|Memorial that used to exist at Camp Mirage for the Canadian losses in Afghanistan|
|Australia War Museum|
The second picture is from the Australian War Museum in Canberra. It is an excellent museum that mostly focuses on the Aussie effort in the World Wars but also has parts on the subsequent wars. Very moving and very informative. And, given that poppies are the big theme these days for Remembrance Day in Canada, not a bad picture to conclude this post.