Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row

The opening lines of John McCrae's poem 'In Flanders Fields', written in 1915 on a scrap of paper upon the back of a fellow Canadian soldier.

In the area around Ypres in western Belgium, Allied and German soldiers died in their hundreds of thousands in the intensive trench warfare of World War I. The battles of Ypres and Passchendaele left indelible traces on the...
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