>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/