The Webmaster has met many new friends through his website and Facebook group over the last few years. Yet many people do not know that he has been coming to the Meuse-Argonne regularly since 1994. In fact, he held his 50th birthday party at the Hôtel du Commerce in Aubrèville in 2013, where he has been a regular guest since 1997. Here is a partial selection of photographs from his June 2013 birthday slide show.
1994 Deutsches Erinnerungskommittee Argonnerwald–Irma Tunnel
Markus Klauer, left. Adi Buchner, 2nd from right.
Adi Buchner, Norbert Hackenberg, Tim Tawney, Alan Gage.
1997 DEA–Freiwald Tunnel
Adi Buchner re-digging to gain access to the tunnel.
The Webmaster digging with Wim Degrande (?) behind him.
Ann Perrin capturing the work on film.
1998 First WFA USA Branch Tour
Steve Matthews, who was a driving force behind the first WFA USA Branch Tour.
Tony Noyes of Flanders Tours.
Tony in another teaching moment.
Facing the camera: Teddy and Tony Noyes of Flanders Tours, Tim Tawney, Alain Jeannesson of Les Amis de Vauquois and Adi Buchner of the DEA.
The Webmaster and Duncan Aran of Pershing’s Doughboys.
Duncan Aran with participants Jean Barnes-Butts and Alfred Butts.
1999 (Son) Graham’s First Tour
About nine months old at Lochnagar Crater.
4/5 of the Holstein Family with Laurie and Graham.
2003 DEA–Vauquois Hill
Dieter Glitzenhirn and Adi Buchner.
Markus Paulick, the Webmaster, Oliver Scheer, Micheal Prisille and ?
2004 Research Trip with Alan Gage
At the Morolager with the Comite Franco-Allemande. Alan Gage is 2nd from left.
2005 8th Kuerassier Regiment Battlefield Tour
Members of the 8th Kuerassier (Reenacting) Regiment.
Jean-Paul de Vries in 2005, the first year at his new location.
2007 5th WFA USA Branch Tour
Markus Klauer and Webmaster.
Teddy Noyes and Les ?
Jean-Paul de Vries speaking with Bruce Barton.
2008 DEA–Walfisch Tunnel
Graham Gaulke at age 8. His first “real” battlefield tour.
Webmaster and Oliver Scheer. It pays to be short when tunneling.
Udo Mertins and Wim Degrande.
2010 DEA–Schacht 26 & 27
Rene Risser and Grandchildren.
Relaxing with DEA members at Adi’s house in Vauquois.
2011 Gaulke / Paulick Tour
Markus and Patrick Paulick with Webmaster and Graham.