There has been a lot to remind us that this is the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Or the First Battle of the Somme to be precise. There were two during the First World War. This thought reminded me that there have been several other battles fought very near that site. Waterloo, Crecy and several battles in the Seventeenth Century, including some of those depicted in the TV series Versailles, of which I will be writing soon.
I feel for the people of that area who have so often found themselves caught up in these Europe-wide, or even worldwide, conflicts. People whose homes, farms, villages and lives were destroyed merely because their homes were in that unfortunate location.
Spare a thought for these civilians as well as for the soldiers when you remember the Somme.