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World War I Trenches 85 years on, Ypres, Belgium.

World War I Trenches 85 years on, Ypres, Belgium.

Apart from my visit to Auschwitz, probably one of the most unsettling places I've ever been. This is a section of the trenches called Sanctuary Wood, outside Ypres, where the farmer who owned the field preserved the land as it was when the war ended. Around and beside these trenches, there are shell holes big enough to drop an average-sized car in. In the 85-odd years since the end of the war, a forest has grown up around the trenches. The most unsettling thing about this place was the silence - I was there in mid-summer, yet it was dead quiet, no birds in the woods, no animals, nothing.

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