>What Are We Fighting For…..

>We visited a French National Monument a while back. Oradour Sur Glane is a state maintained ruin with a macabre difference. It is a village where a Second World War atrocity occurred on this day, 1944. It is a remarkable reminder of the futility and inhumanity  of  war. All wars. Worth considering given current world problems.

Oradour was a small, typically French rural village in the Limousin where German Waffen SS  savages attacked and looted the place for absolutely no reason.  Some have suggested the attack was in reprisal for resistance activities in the area. But there is no evidence in support of this theory/reason  I find it hard to imagine any ‘reason’ for such barbarism, myself.  The outcome resulted in the village and its people being well….destroyed. The French, to their credit, have maintained the place in the condition it was left in when the Germans scuttled off. The photographs are self explanatory:

Hopefully Hamish will never be exposed personally to the horrors of warfare

This is a useful general info site about this appalling atrocity, where the  women and children who had sought refuge  by crushing into the village church  were, blasted by hand-grenages, smoke-bombed, gunned down and finally  bruleed – an old French tradition:  http://www.oradour.info/

A memorable clip from an amusing show with a deadly finality.

It is a sobering place to visit and although there are no demads for silence or quietude, it is there in the visitors who cannot help but be effected by the sombre nature of the place.
Finally, on a different note,  also on this day, 1977, J and I were married in Brighton Registry Office. Another sobering thought. 34 bloody years…….trench-warfare, trials and tribulations! Bloody Hell! How unfashionable! Who’dathunkit?!
And on this day, 1932, George Formby was did his first recording for record company Decca:


About yractual

A former lawyer and national daily journalist, now a freelance music journalist, with moves bewteen Spain, Sweden, France and who knows where next! A Scot by birth and inclination. Lover of acoustic ragtime-blues guitar and ukulele. Work with music titles across three continents.
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2 Responses to >What Are We Fighting For…..

  1. gz says:

    >The whole village is a far more fitting memorial and reminder than anything concocted from pristine marble in a pretty park

  2. madpotter1 says:

    >fantastic post! Is true that a picture is worth a thousand words…..

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