After spending about 3 hours at Notre Dame de Lorette, I drove along the memorial sites built after the human butchery which took place in the Plain of Artois during WWI. I found one, the “Tranchée de Meknes”, in the middle of nowhere at the end a very rough track. The cemetery was in perfect state of conservation and the grass was like a carpet, soft under my feet, just like in all the other Commonwealth sites I went into.
It dawned on me ,for the first time, why the soldiers on both sides had to burry themselves to have a chance to survive the onslaught by fire and steel! No shelter in the vast plain of Artois.