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Posted 27 December 2011 - 12:12 PM
95 war graves and a memorial defaced, with graffiti including swastikas, at Carcassonne. Appalling.
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Posted 12 February 2012 - 05:17 PM
I searched the forum and found no reference to the desecration of gravestones of Jewish soldiers who died at Verdun, which happened in May of 2004:
The creeps doing this also desecrate British and German soldiers' graves.
I wouldn't put too much emphasis on Muslims being the target this time. The overwhelming majority of grave desecration carried out in France (95 percent) is committed on Christian cemeteries.
Posted 12 February 2012 - 06:12 PM
Still does not make it right though. A good dose of time in uniform would sort them out.
Posted 13 February 2012 - 09:12 AM
I presume they see it as some sort of anarchy, hitting at the very core of what decent people hold sacred. Plus way too much time on their hands. Or then again, plain old neo-nazi euro-skins.
In a slightly different direction, as the Germans and Allies were fighting it out on the Somme and other areas of Northern France/Belgium in 1940, were WW1 monuments, graves etc damaged / destroyed in battle or else by a revengeful foe ?
Posted 14 February 2012 - 01:03 AM
Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:12 AM
We've been here before. During WW2, war cemeteries were treated differenty depending on the attitude of the local commander. I have heard stories of them sending squads to cut the grass, turning out the SS when they went to pull up jewish gravestones, allowing the locals to care for the cemeteries and simply abandoning them. There doesn't seem to have been any policy.
Posted 14 February 2012 - 08:51 AM
most of the German cemeteries had still the original wooden crosses... ... the visible religion distinction that we know today wasn't so obvious in 1940s, in most of the case it's Post WW2 (in some case the original wooden crosses were replaced by iron or stone crosses in the late 60's -early 70's, i.e at Vermandovillers)
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 12:19 PM
Not that hoary old line again! I'd think they would be the last person any decent military organisation would want in their ranks