Well ive done it,
Ever get really drunk one night, talk about something your so passionate about.. and ... say
'' Im going to do it. ''
Well after 2 yrs of backpacking and working...
atleast $10,000 in hostels, transport and airfares.. I finally got myself too, and absorbed the atmosphere in the area's i feel contributed to
mankinds standing today.
The events of World war 2.
Ive been obsessed with war history since i was young, and today I just arrived back home, in Perth having completed my final mission.
And I felt the need to show some of the places Ive been.
First stop, St Mere Eglise
Spending a week in this town, I made sure every night I was out on the streets, wandering around the paddocks, getting lost... dis-orientated...
trying to understand how the airborne felt that fatefell night when they jumped into France to ensure an allied victory.
The church so set in concrete from ' The longest day ' is still littered with bullet holes..
the only problem here, was the parachutist landed on the OTHER side of the steeple, and infact 2 people got caught up.
Either way, i admire the fact the town continues to leave the dummy up there.
The back streets, less than 100m from the church. Can you imagine falling from the sky at night into this street, knowing every way you go, there's
A small coffee shop to the west of the church where the airborne sheltered at night. The insignia still stands above the doorway.
The museum opposite the church,
Its an excellent musuem with everything about the invasion. worth a visit.
Next Stop, Omaha.
This is the beach those men fought and died for, the tide is in, and it didnt give the best vantage point, but the following :
Cant you just see germans barricaded at the top, mowing down men and materials.... smoke in the background and explosions happening all around...
Point Du Hoc
Still littered with craters...
wouldnt a metal detector be worth the investment in this area?
this was a battle in the first days of normany.
The solider over looks the roads the germans came down with their tanks,
the allies, outnumbered and without supplies held them off and defeated them.
This solider for ever looks over the battle field.
Next stop, Dresden.
This city is amazingly beautiful, the old city section is breath taking..
I cant imagine what it must of been like, before the bombings.
Note the blackened shades.... the result of firebombing from the allies.
Next stop, BERLIN
all farmiliar sites, but what about this :
(for some historical data)
The famous courtyard where hitler burnt all the books.....
Then there's this place.
Some might not, some might not, but thats the point.
No plaque, sign or plate has been erected here, and rightly so.
This is the area' where hitlers body was burnt, and above where his bunker still lies.
A few 100m's from the reichstag to the right, in a hotel carpark.
Who could imagine in this spot, the future was decided.
And now, onto Auschwitz
What a crime of humanity.
Photos can never show the true scope of this place, but it is huge...
thats a fact that just makes it all the more harder to believe, a man was capable of such.
Now, off to Berchtesgaden. The home of The 3rd Reich.
If you look in the 2nd photo, top left.. theres a distinct building on top of the mountain, very very far away.
Thats hitlers EAGLES NEST.
And that town, in the photo above, is where you had to be a member of the 3rd reich to live.
those photos were the view from the cheapest hotel in the town. What a score.
Finally, onto the one city in the world which I feel I just had to get to.
I sat under the a-bomb dome with my book ' shockwave, count down to hiroshima '
and Its an unreal feeling to read minute by minute the prep, the drop, the explosion and the after effects....
Read about how people jupmed into the river , died and floated away... only to turn, and look down 10m to see that exact river..
hiroshima, im just speachless as how much this city spoke to me...
Much more so than Nagasaki.
The statute signifies us today, the upheld hand means more bombs are out there, and the outstretched hand means peace for man.
This wall, only 200-300 from the hypocentre still stands.
It was the wall of a jail in nagasaki.
I felt compelled to plant the seeds I was given at the hiroshima peace festival here...
take note of the red dot, that is the hypo centre in nagsaki.
above is a small section of the ground, preserved on show.
This was the earth as it stood under the hypocentre.
This squire signifies ground zero.
Exactly above this point, is where the bomb detonated.
Ladies and Gents, that is it.
Tonight, Was the final day of my mission to get to, sit in, and absorb the most pivitol events in the most pivitol moment of man kind.
World war 2.
Feel free to copy and photos your wish, all are 100% genuine and taken from my camera, held in my hands... with hope of remmebering the past.