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Do you live near a WWI or WWII Battlefield??

I have noticed many War memorials all over Europe and just was wondering if many here have memory of or have heard stories told of battles right where you live? I know that Europe was almost destroyed in two major wars, so there must be many stories of human suffering right here.
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Re: Do you live near a WWI or WWII Battlefield??

There are definitely a few people on this board that grew up near the Battle of the Bulge.
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There are definitely a few people on this board that grew up near the Battle of the Bulge.


Should be many near Normandie, also, Not to mention the Battle of England, I am just wondering if anyone even talks about it anymore.
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Re: Do you live near a WWI or WWII Battlefield??

well, the place where my family used to live was burned down by the wehmacht in a retaliatory raid. when i was little my grandmother, who was a little girl during the ww2, told me how she had to flee to the hills in order to hide from these raids. her older brothers and cousins fought as guerillas against germans and some of them were killed. i don't know much about all this because i was too little to understand it. my mother's father was also a supporter of the guerillas, i was told, but don't know any details.
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Of course we do and we are surrounded by them.

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Should be many near Normandie, also, Not to mention the Battle of England, I am just wondering if anyone even talks about it anymore.
Many people still talk about WWI and WWII battles. Not many people got my joke.
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I know that Europe was almost destroyed in two major wars, so there must be many stories of human suffering right here.
several wars destroyed different countries and areas, but yes yes, i understand what u mean. sorry, just sounded like you were talking about Europe as it was one country.

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I live in a small village that hardly existed after World War I had passed by - but then again, most of the villages and towns in the area in which I live were destroyed by the War.

I don't think - but I'm not sure - that much was destroyed around here during WO II, seeing Belgium quickly surrendered to Germany.

I don't know anyone who has experienced World War I - quite logical, seeing they would be very old to have any recollections of it - but I know a lot of people who have lived through the second World War and some of them talk about quite often, and others never do. The personal anecdotes you hear are, to me, so much more interesting than the common information you get in history lessons.

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My grandfather grew up in Passendaele. They fled to France during the war. When they came back home, they couldn't even make out where their house once stood because everything was gone. The entire town, all the trees, everything. The town was one big mass grave.

I also discovered letters that were written during the second world war, written by grandparents and great aunts, etc. They're very moving and show how hard it must have been.

As for my grandparents on my mother's side. My grandfather was born in Holland because my great grandparents fled te neutral Holland when the Germans came too close. As a result, my last name is spelled the Dutch way instead of the Belgian way. My great grandfather had a brewery, which was confiscated by the Germans. He had to start from scratch again after the war. Then during the second world war, he lost it all again. He didn't have the heart to start it all again and gave up. So the brewery is gone.

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well, the place where my family used to live was burned down by the wehmacht in a retaliatory raid. when i was little my grandmother, who was a little girl during the ww2, told me how she had to flee to the hills in order to hide from these raids. her older brothers and cousins fought as guerillas against germans and some of them were killed. i don't know much about all this because i was too little to understand it. my mother's father was also a supporter of the guerillas, i was told, but don't know any details.
I can well imagine how difficult living was and how worried they must have been about day to day survival.

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several wars destroyed different countries and areas, but yes yes, i understand what u mean. sorry, just sounded like you were talking about Europe as it was one country.
Ye, I can see why. Din't mean it that way, just figured it would be easier than listing all the countries that suffered.Sorry
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the norwegians destroyed the battleship Blücher - which mattered a lot. by delaying the attack from the germans, our royal family had time to escape to england.

my parents live right next to the former international airport. the germans took over our area, the schools i went to were used as military bases.
not many battles happened in norway, but several of my friends' grandparents were sent different jails/camps. not many pleasant stories to tell.

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There are definitely a few people on this board that grew up near the Battle of the Bulge.
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the norwegians destroyed the battleship Blücher - which mattered a lot. by delaying the attack from the germans, our royal family had time to escape to england.

my parents live right next to the former international airport. the germans took over our area, the schools i went to were used as military bases.
not many battles happened in norway, but several of my friends' grandparents were sent different jails/camps. not many pleasant stories to tell.

I understand, I am a war veteran, and totaly changed my mind about war after actually being in one. A lot of people bear the pain in silence, not good.
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It's also strange how members of the resistance don't dare to talk, even today. That fear of retaliation never went away. After all these years, they're still scared the Germans will find out.
My SIL's grandfather was in the resistance and not even his wife knew about it. My SIL knows very little of what he's done.

My grandfather was a POW for a short while, then suddenly released, he never knew why they released him. He had a factory but near the end of the war, hardly had any workers left because they'd all been sent to Germany for forced labour. Also, it was a radio factory but they weren't allowed to build radios during the war, they were forbidden because the Germans didn't want people to listen to the BBC. So my grandfather built radios in his garage in secret. In the factory they made flash lights. There was a high demand for flash lights since all lights had to be switched at night to protect against air raids. The lights would make the cities a target.

I can go on and on telling stories...

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