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Flower of Steel

Northern France Battlefield Debris

Star Summer Bouquet In France 

Remains of the Great War can still be found on many places in France and Belgium. I made this picture of the shoulder of a sunken road in Northern France.

The French name for the iron stake was queue de cochon, pigtail. British troops called it a corkscrew-picket, because it could be screwed into the ground instead of hammered (which made terrible noise that could attract the attention of the enemy).

So-called wiring parties went out at nights into No Man's Land, placed the stakes and put barbed wire through the curls.

Nowadays many of these pickets are still in use, mainly in fences around farm fields  RR.

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