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July 1, 2016
The battle of the Somme was 100 years ago. I saw some historical photos and it looks like another planet with the utter lack of plant life. The deep craters caused by explosions heard in London? that doesn't seem possible. There is endless wire and mud. Before it became the western front, it was apparently lush woods and meadows. Today, thousands of re-enactors participated in an observance across the UK, acting silent reminders of the individuals lost in that battle. Arial photos show the landscape has become somewhat green again, but trenches of the Western Front are clearly visible.