Battlefields and War Memorials

Notre Dame de Lorette memorial

Written by on December 2, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials, My French Life
Notre Dame de Lorette memorial

Arras is a beautiful old town with Flemish style buildings, imposing squares, great shops, quirky cafes and there is lots to do and see. Many of the beautiful buildings are surprisingly not quite what they seem. The town and all around saw fierce fighting, dreadful battles and suffered horrendous loss of life and destruction during the […]

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Oradour-sur-Glane France, Lest we forget

Written by on October 30, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials, Limousin
Oradour-sur-Glane France, Lest we forget

I visited Oradour-sur-Glane in the Limousin region many years ago. The town is known as the village of the martyrs, a sad memorial to it’s tragic past and the atrocity that took place there on 10 June 1944… I had been camping along the Atlantic Coast on my way to a rugby match at Nontron. […]

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Things to see in Mons Belgium

Written by on September 17, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials
Things to see in Mons Belgium

Mons in Belgium is known for its ‘First and the Last‘ reputation attained during World War One. It is the town on the Frontline where the first and last major engagements of World War One took place, where the first and last English soldiers were killed in Europe, their remains buried next to each other […]

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The First and Last shots of WW1 in Europe, Mons Belgium

Written by on September 17, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials
The First and Last shots of WW1 in Europe, Mons Belgium

The small city of Mons on the France-Belgium border is special in many ways. It’s the cultural capital of Wallonia, boasting a wealth of ancient buildings, fascinating museums and collections of art, design and natural history. It even has religious relics. The preserved body and separated head of a medieval saint are revered each year in […]

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Hike through history in Wattwiller France

Written by on September 15, 2014 in Alsace, Battlefields and War Memorials
Hike through history in Wattwiller France

Deep in the forest of Wattwiller, Alsace, France, famous for the mineral water that flows there, Susie Woodhams discovers an extraordinary history lesson… We climbed a small slope of tangled ivy and dried leaves to reach what seemed like a practical lunch spot: the moss-covered roof of a building nearly a century old, tucked deep […]

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Behind the Lines in Montreuil-sur-Mer

Written by on August 19, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials
Behind the Lines in Montreuil-sur-Mer

August 2014 marked the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. The world’s most intense trench warfare and loss of life took place between 1914 and 1918 in Nord-Pas de Calais amongst the green and rural landscape. Bob Lyons reports on an exhibition that looks behind the lines in Montreuil-sur-Mer… If you are fascinated […]

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Visiting key sites of the Great War in France by coach

Written by on August 18, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials
Visiting key sites of the Great War in France by coach

I have always had a great interest in the events of the First World War. As a child, I grew up with the culture of it all. My grandfather served in the British army and fought at Vimy Ridge, northern France, during the conflict. He was poisoned by gas, left totally deaf but somehow survived […]

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Ypres and the Menin Gate Memorial

Written by on June 18, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials
Ypres and the Menin Gate Memorial

Standing under the great arch that is the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, I am surrounded by hundreds of people and yet it is silent. The roads have been closed on either side of this main route into and out of the town and everything seems eerily still. At this most poignant memorial, those who […]

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Anzac Day at Villers-Bretonneux in France

Written by on April 25, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials
Anzac Day at Villers-Bretonneux in France

Friday 25th April – L’ANZAC Day at Villers-Bretonneux. New Zealand expat in France, Donna Kerridge reports on the ceremony which takes place in the little French town that will be a little part of Australia forever… I was packing sandwiches and flasks of coffee at 1:15am this morning, in preparation for attending the ANZAC (Australia […]

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France Twenty Fourteen| Remembering the Great War

Written by on February 28, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials
France Twenty Fourteen| Remembering the Great War

The north east corner of France, Nord-Pas de Calais, and the rest of France will, in August 2014, be commemorating a century since the start of World War One. As this chapter in world history begins to slide into the murky ether of time, present generations will also be remembering the Great War… I am […]

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