Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Tyne Cot

Tyne Cot is the largest war cemetery in the Ypres salient. Also the largest Commonwealth war cemetery anywhere in the world. Its name (though this is disputed) originates in a soldierly joke about a captured German blockhouse looking exactly like a cottage on the river Tyne- back home in Blighty. Just down the road is the village of Passchendaele- now called Passendale- which was stomped into rubble in 1917. 

It is remarkable how the land has healed. The battlefields are farming land again. The villages- rebuilt so you could drive through and never guess what happened here- are just villages.  This is a very sleepy place.

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