Posts about war

What the Swiss keep in their barns and cellars

What the Swiss keep in their barns and cellars

A short film by Rick Steves about the unexpected artillery behind closed barn doors, and the overly-secure cellar bomb shelters beneath almost every Swiss home. The main installation featured is the Artilleriewerk Faulensee at the end of our road.

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The Courtyard

On a visit to Ebern in Germany, we came across a picturesque autumnal courtyard. On the wall outside, a plaque told of many years ago.

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Are you Charlie Baker?

I have translated this short story from an archived article in German newspaper Die Zeit from June 1976, which I came across via a link which Konstantin Binder posted to his Twitter account. The original title is “Oh! You’re German?” but I don’t feel that this direct translation matches the tone of the article. I find it touching and an insight into how I feel some Germans I have met and talked to see their relationship with the British.

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I Remember

There are some times of year when it’s strange to be at home in a country where the national history is different. In November, two of them fall within days of each other: Guy Fawkes Night and Armistice Day.

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Servicemen’s Graveyard, Loos, France

Each photo is 180° from the other, taken from the same spot. In one, the symmetric lines of life in the corn field. In the other, the symmetric lines of death in the graveyard.

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