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Former President Gauck takes part in service to commemorate 100th anniversary of the Battle of Amiens

Former German President Joachim Gauck with Prime Minster Theresa May

Former German President Joachim Gauck with Prime Minster Theresa May, © dpa

08.08.2018 - Press release

On 8 August, a First World War commemorative event was held at Amiens Cathedral to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Amiens and the Hundred Days offensive that followed.

Former Federal President Joachim Gauck joined HRH The Duke of Cambridge and Prime Minister Theresa May to jointly commemorate the sacrifice on all sides alongside 3,000 members of the public, including descendants of those who fought in the four-day assault.

As part of the ceremony, Joachim Gauck read the poem ‘After a Bad Dream 1918’ by Gerrit Engelke, a soldier and writer who some consider the German Wilfred Owen. Both Engelke and Owen shared the same fate and died in the final weeks shortly before the Armistice.

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