Battlefields and War Memorials

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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D-Day Anniversary football match – the Liberty Tournament

Written by on February 27, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials, Normandy
D-Day Anniversary football match – the Liberty Tournament

For the past several years in August, a soccer club located in Lower Normandy: the “Reveil Saint Germain de Courseulles” has hosted a soccer tournament involving French teams hailing from the small towns and villages scattered along the D-Day invasion beaches. This year, in response to the upcoming 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on […]

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70th Anniversary of D-Day Normandy

Written by on January 6, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials, Normandy
70th Anniversary of D-Day Normandy

To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the ensuing 100 days of the Battle of Normandy, the region of Normandy will be hosting an impressive calendar of special events. From March to September 2014 events including historical re-enactments, firework displays, military processions, concerts, exhibitions and much more will take place throughout Normandy. There […]

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The Deborah Tank at Flesquières, France

Written by on October 30, 2013 in Battlefields and War Memorials
The Deborah Tank at Flesquières, France

  I was fortunate to be invited to meet a French man with a passion for the history of World War I, a man who made an extraordinary discover in Flesquières in the Nord countryside in Cambrai. Philippe Gorczuynski, a local hotel owner (Beatus Hotel Cambrai), historian and author grew up in this area and […]

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World War 2 Sites Dunkirk

Written by on October 7, 2013 in Battlefields and War Memorials
World War 2 Sites Dunkirk

We look at some of the most visited Word War II memorial sites in Dunkirk. The town of Dunkerque on the northern tip of France just 49 miles from the UK coast line, was the scene of much fighting during World War II and saw the biggest evacuation of armed forces the world has ever […]

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