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Old July 25th, 2016, 10:09 PM   #16
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This stands as one of the most tragic actions of war history.
In 1990 I took my son and daughter to France. We did not go to the Somme, but visited other sights and spend a couple of days at Verdun. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING was still bomb craters 70 years after the fact.

Trees had regrown, but you could still sense in your spirit the death and tragedy of what happened there. That was a strange experience. It was so palpable. We found many relics in the soil. Shell fragments, bullets, shoes, etc. Any shovel full of dirt would yield a handful of artifacts.

This is how we taught history in our family.

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