Thursday, 14 July 2016

Belgium: In Flanders Fields

On Monday I got nine postcards: three from Belgium, five from Japan and one from the Czech Rpublic.

One of the cards from Belgium shows the poem In Flanders Fields. In Flanders Fields is a war poem written on 3rd May 1915 by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae from Canada. He wrote the poem after his friend was killed during the Second Battle of Ypres. It is one of the most popular and most quoted poems about World War I.

With related stamp:
Centenary of World War I (from set of five) (issued 13-06-2016)
After Belgium was occupied by the German Empire in 1914, the Belgian newspaper were censored or disappeared. But still some newspapers from Entente countries were smuggled into the country and also clandestine newspapers started to appear short after the occupation. At the beginning the clandestine newspapers just reproduced news from other countries, but from 1915 onwards specific Belgian newspapers were published in the underground.

Thank You very much Gerda!

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