Join Date: May 2001
Location: land of the incompetent
Re: Do you live near a WWI or WWII Battlefield??
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.
Everything you do continues long after you've gone