Having recently explored the World War One battlefields and the many subsequent cemeteries, the devastating effect became abundantly clear to me - particular because I had previously only read about the events.
Reading the numbers of fatalities and the destruction simply doesn’t have the same effect as going to the scenes themselves. The sheer volume hit home. The way the cemeteries and their surrounding grounds are maintained is wonderful. In fact, the way they are preserved is exceptional.
I imagined - especially with the graves being ostracised from Britain - them to be in a much worst condition than I actually discovered.