8-9 May 2010
marks the 65th anniversary of the end of the second world war in Europe,
the VE Day
I have long thought that war memorials you find in every village in France are typecast - they all look the same. But are they? This young soldier's face looks so original it might well have been a portrait.
Francesca Bostock, who sent this photo, writes:
'Whilst in Marcey les Gréves, I took these photos of a memorial for both world wars. I know there are lots of memorials around, but I found this one quite moving, with the soldier atop it and the shells at the corners.'
... and bullet pockmarks on the granite pedestal, probably left during the fighting for Normandy in World War II in 1994.