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A Meditation on Studying "The Great War" on the Western Front

That was where the German machine gunners had been.  I looked across, No Man’s Land may have been the length of an American Football field—a short walk for sure.  Now, the ground was a recently seeded potato field.  Looking out from where the Welsh line had been, the dirt was mottled with chalk deposits. Knowing the history of this place, I decided to walk from the Welsh line to the knot of trees where the machine gunners had hidden, using my thoughts to play ghost to history.  It felt strange to walk so freely over land that had been ravaged and soaked in the blood of men almost a century ago. 

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