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Battlefield Tour ReviewDate: Thursday, 03 June, 2010



By Amarpal Sidhu
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The First World War ended over 90 years ago but along with WW2 retains a powerful hold both on people who experienced them and with modern military enthusiasts. This means there are plenty of battlefield tours now taking tourists across the channel. The wars have a special resonance within our community too, over 83,000 Sikhs giving their lives during these conflicts. To cater for this interest, the first battlefield tours related to the Sikh involvement were commenced a few years ago by ASHT and this year's took place on the 29th May. I just happened to be with them and here's what we saw.

The focus of the tour was the Ypres area where many of the Sikh casualties took place. The Ypres salient as it was called - a bulge in the allied lines near the village of the same name was fought over a number of times during the four years of the Great War, the Germans being anxious to straighten their lines and complete their capture of Belgium...

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