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Mémoire de Pierre est une série de photos aériennes des plus importants sites de mémoire de la première guerre mondiale. Ils sont pour la plupart situés sur la ligne de front de Ypres en Belgique jusqu’à Verdun.
Présentées lors de plusieurs expositions ces photographies tentent de traduire les émotions ressenties par les visiteurs de ces sites.
Les photos essentiellement réalisées à l’automne et en hiver apportent des couleurs douces et chaudes qui traduisent parfaitement le recueillement auquel est appelé le visiteur.

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La Voie Sacree - Sacred Way Memorial.
Built to honor those who kept this single road open into the Verdun salient during the horrific fighting for France in 1916.
South Africa Memorial at Delville Wood
It is the only memorial dedicated to the participation of the South African Forces on the 1914-1918 Western Front. 229,000 officers and men served with the South African Forces in the Great War.
Bedford House Cemetery, one of the largest Commonwealth cemeteries in Flanders, situated just a few minutes drive south from the Lille Gate at Ieper.
Newfoundland Memorial Park is a site on the Somme battlefield near to Beaumont Hamel.
The Ulster Tower is a memorial to the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division
Wicres German Cemetery
This cemetery was made in 1915, and is located on the old road running from La Bassée (now a fast road to the motorway near Lille)
The Australian Memorial of Le Hamel commemorates more than 100 000 Australians who served in the Australian Corps in France. It was laid out by the Australian government.
Meuse Argonne American Memorial
Most of those buried here lost their lives during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of World War I. The immense array of headstones rises in long regular rows upward beyond a wide central pool to the chapel that crowns the ridge
Gordon Cemetery is one of the smallest cemetery of the Somme battlefields. All the graves are facing the cross.
Le Mont-Kemmel French Military cemetery.
The cemetery was created in 1922 and contains a total of 5,237 unknown French soldiers and 57 identified French soldiers, all commemorated in an ossuary.
Douaumont Ossuary contains the remains of 130 000 unknown French and German soldiers who fell on the battlefields of Verdun.
Montfaucon American Monument is a monument commemorating the American victory in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive during World War I. It is located in Montfaucon-d'Argonne in Lorraine, France
In Champagne, near Mondement in the south part of the Marne departement, stand the national monument which comemorates the first Marne battle that took place during world war one. The french parlement decided to have this gigantic milestone (more that a hundred feet high) built shortly after the end of world war one. This monument stand for the courage, the suffering and the sacrifice of soldiers who fought the battle of the Marne.
Tyne Cot Cemetery is the resting place of 11,954 soldiers of the Commonwealth Forces. This is the largest number of burials contained in any Commonwealth cemetery of either the First or Second World War. It is the largest Commonwealth military cemetery in the world.
Hooge Crater Cemetery is named after a mine crater blown nearby in 1915 and located near the centre of Hooge, opposite the "Hooge Crater Museum" and separated from it by the Menin Road.
French National Cemetery at Notre Dame de Lorette
A Neo-Byzantine basilica, designed by the architect Louis-Marie Cordonnier, was later added to the cemetery on the request of the Bishop of Arras. The light on the lantern tower built above one of the ossuaries is visible for many miles around.
Sited nearby the Oxford Road CWGC cemetery in the Ypres Salient (established in 1917) where many members of the division were buried is the memorial to the British 50th Northumbrian Division.
The Canadian National Vimy Memorial is a memorial to all Canadians who served their country in battle during the the Great War of 1914-1918. 60,000 Canadians were killed. Over 11,000 of those killed died in France but they have no known grave. The Canadian National Vimy Memorial bears the inscribed names of 11,168 missing Canadians, killed in action in France but whose remains have not been found or identified.
The New Zealand National Memorial at Longueval marks the position which the New Zealand Division gained as their original objective in the First Battle of the Somme.
Hill 62 – Sanctuary Wood Museum  It’s a hill nearby Zillebeke with a height of 62 metres. It was a good observation point from where the Allies could look over the German lines. The lines were manned by Canadians.
Chateau-Thierry American Monument, designed by Paul Cret, is located on a hill two miles west of Chateau-Thierry, France, and commands a wide view of the valley of the Marne River. It commemorates the sacrifices and achievements of the Americans and French before and during the Aisne-Marne and Oise-Aisne offensives.
Berks cemetery  Inside the cemetery is the Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing, which commemorates more than 11,000 British and Empire servicemen who died in the area during the First World War and have no known grave.
Fromelles Pheasant Wood Cemetery  Constructed in 2010, it was the first new Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery for more than 50 years, the last such cemeteries having been built after the Second World War.[1][2] The cemetery contains the graves of 250 British and Australian soldiers who died on 19 July 1916 in the Battle of Fromelles.
The BUTTES NEW BRITISH CEMETERY (NEW ZEALAND) MEMORIAL, which stands in Buttes New British Cemetery, commemorates 378 officers and men of the New Zealand Division who died in the Polygon Wood sector between September 1917 and May 1918, and who have no known grave.
Houthulst Belgian Cemetery.  The cemetery is a concentration cemetery created in 1923 with the majority of those buried here having fallen in the autumn of 1918.  There are now 1,723 Belgian burials in the cemetery, 493 of them unknown soldiers
Island of Ireland Peace Park in Belgium.  The memorial site is dedicated to the soldiers of Ireland, of all political and religious beliefs, who died, were wounded or missing in the Great War of 1914-1918. Irish men and women served with the Armies of Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.  The memorial site is also known as the “Irish Peace Park” or the “Irish Peace Tower”.
Russian Chapel and Cemetery in Saint Hilaire Le Grand. (near Reims in Champagne).  This commemorative chapel is dedicated to the 6,100 Russian soldiers who fell in France. Built in 1937, this amazing building, surrounded by a small Orthodox cemetery, stands out from its surroundings thanks to its white walls and its golden and blue domes.
Thiepval Memorial  The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme battlefields bears the names of 72,194 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces.  These men died in the Somme battle sector before 20th March 1918 and have no known grave. The date of 20th March was the day before the German Army launched a large-scale offensive, codenamed “Operation Michael”, against the British Army Front in the sector of the Somme.
Polygon Wood Cemetery  This is a view of the entrance of Polygon Wood Cemetery near Ieper in Belgium.
Chapelle du Souvenir de Rancourt  In this Chapel and cemetery near Perone in the North of France are buried 8566 french soldiers involved in the Somme battle.
Neuve Chapelle Indian Memorial  A special post for the many indians followers of this page.
This memorial in the north of France pay tribute to the 4847 indians soldiers involved in the western front battle during WW1.
Américan Cemetery Aisne-Marne  With headstones lying in a sweeping curve, the 42.5-acre Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in France, sits at the foot of Belleau Wood. The cemetery contains the graves of 2,289 war dead, most of whom fought in the vicinity and in the Marne Valley in the summer of 1918.
Messines Ridge British Cemetery  This cemetery is located near Ieper in Belgium.
(Photo taken with a kite)
Menin Gate
Every evening since 1928 the Last Post has been played under the Menin Gate Memorial in Ieper (Belgium) at 8.00pm.
Let start this serie with one of the most impressive monument of the Somme Battlefield : The Australian Mémorial in Villers Bretonneux.  Each year in this immense Memorial takes place the commemoration of Anzac Day. Built in white stone, it consists of a tall central tower and two corner pavilions linked to the tower by plain walls that bear the name of the missing-soldiers who have no known grave.  For more images of WW1 monuments visit this page :
Welcome on my new FB page dedicated to a gallery of aerial photographs of WW1 cemeteries and monuments.
This is a long term Art work began nearly 10 years ago that comes to end now.
I have taken all these photographs along the front line of 1914-1918 from Belgium to the Est of France.  I will publish a new picture every day from 2015-11-11 to the end of the year. If you want to keep in touch with the project just "Like" this page. Comments are also welcome.
Let me present my new FB page dedicated to WW1 cemeterys and monuments.
Visit and "Like" the page and you will receive a new aerial photograph every day until the end of the year.
The Chinese Cemetery of Noyelles-sur-Mer 
A corps of Chinese labourers was established under an Anglo-Chinese agreement. The first contingent reached France in April 1917 and its task was to construct British military infrastructures.
Battles of the Marne Memorial in Dormans.
Set in the heart of the grounds of Dormans Castle, this Memorial is the largest memorial dedicated to the soldiers who fell during the battles of the Marne.
Somme American Cemetery & Memorial 
The cemetery was established as a temporary burial site by the American War Graves Registration Service during the war. In 1918 it was called the American Expeditionary Forces' Somme Cemetery No. 636.
Woods Cemetery near Ieper contains 326 First World War burials, 32 of them unidentified.
The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
The Spanbroekmolen Mine Crater, also known as Lone Tree Crater, is the site of the largest of 19 mines blown by the British Army in the early hours of the morning of 7th June 1917. This signalled the launch of the Battle of Messines.
The Kruisstraat Craters, seven miles from Ypres, are situated on what was the German front line at the start of the Battle of Messines, on 7 June 1917.  The Kruisstraat Craters comprise three craters - only two now remain, one having been filled in - formed by the blowing of mines at the start of Third Ypres.  Tunnelling for the laying of the mines was actually begun in December 1915.
Lochnagar Crater was the scene of one of the massive mine explosions under the German lines which signalled the start of the British attack on the Somme.
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