We hear about the major battles and campaigns carried out by the British, Germans, Japanese and the Americans during World War II, historians and authors have argued about their authenticity for years. Most of this material has been done over and over again. But what about those smaller events and stories of the war that have never been publicized?
The White Poppy Colour and Life in a Devastated Landscape German soldiers carrying ladders through trenches in a smashed up wood on the Ypres Salient battlefield, Few elements of the natural world could survive except for the soldiers who had little choice but to live in an underground network of holes, tunnels and trenches.
In many cases the only living things they might see on the ground during tours of duty in front line trenches were scavenging rats, mice and lice.
Sometimes, however, the sounds of nature could be heard through the fog of battle. Soldiers' accounts write of how birds, and most particularly larks, could be heard twittering high in the sky even during the fury of an artillery bombardment.
James McConnell was an American pilot who had volunteered to fight in the war and was flying with the French Escadrille Lafayette.
He recorded a vivid description of the destroyed landscape below him as he flew over the battlefield of Verdun. Peaceful fields and farms and villages adorned that landscape a few months ago - when there was no Battle of Verdun.
Now there is only that sinister brown belt, a strip of murdered Nature.
It seems to belong to another world. Every sign of humanity has been swept away. The woods and roads have vanished like chalk wiped from a blackboard; of the villages nothing remains but gray smears where stone walls have tumbled together On the brown band the indentations are so closely interlocked that they blend into a confused mass of troubled earth.
Of the trenches only broken, half-obliterated links are visible. Against the odds, new life did also occasionally come into being in the battle zones.
A story about the birth of new human life happened during the surprise gas attack on the French lines by the German Army on 22 April At exactly 5 o'clock, as the gas cloud was released, a Belgian woman gave birth to a baby boy in the cellar of a cottage on the Zonnebeekseweg, just 3 kilometres from the poisonous gas cloud and the battle that was going on as a result of it.
The next day the mother fled the battle area with her newborn child. She managed to meet up with her husband in England.
In the Lauwers family returned to Ypres. The child's birth certificate for 5 o'clock on 22 April was reissued in Farmers were ploughing their fields close up to the front lines and new life was starting to grow. One of the plants that began to grow in clusters on and around the battle zones was the red field or corn poppy it's species name is: It is often to be found in or on the edges of fields where grain is grown.
The field poppy is an annual plant which flowers each year between about May and August. It's seeds are disseminated on the wind and can lie dormant in the ground for many years. If the ground is disturbed from the early spring the seeds will often germinate and the poppy flowers will grow.
This is what happened in parts of the front lines in Belgium and France. Once the ground was disturbed by the fighting, the poppy seeds lying in the ground began to germinate and grow during the warm weather in the spring and summer months.
The field poppy was also blooming in parts of the Turkish battlefields on the Gallipoli penninsular when the ANZAC and British Forces arrived at the start of the campaign in April In May the sight of these delicate, vibrant red flowers growing on the shattered ground caught the attention of a Canadian soldier by the name of Major John McCrae.
He noticed how they had sprung up in the disturbed ground of the burials around the artillery position he was in.
The first verse of the poem has become four of the most famous lines written in relation to the First World War: In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.
Due to the nature of farming today the poppies blooming in the battlefield areas tend to be found in small clusters on the edges of fields and roads. Campaigns for the Poppy as a Fund Raiser During and after the war the poppy and its connection with the memory of those who died in that war was expanded to help the military and civilian survivors of that war.
The emblem chosen for the charity was a poppy. The charity assisted French women, children and war veterans to make artificial poppies out of cloth so that they could be sold and the proceeds would help fund the restoration of the devastated regions of France.
The funds raised from this venture went directly to the League to help orphaned children and the rehabilitation and resettlement of the areas of France devastated by the First World War.
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