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The Somme: Beaumont Hamel

Comments by Brian Pohanka - September 13, 2000

Somme, Beaumont Hamel

This beautiful panorama is on the Somme -- looking across the fields around Beaumont Hamel. This was a scene of unimaginable horror -- mud, rotting corpses, death and destruction -- the wasteland -- the slough of despond -- in 1916. [Wilfred] Owen suffered his shell shock in this area, down in the valley in the middle distance. Nature has healed it today.

Photo by Brian Pohanka

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