Battlefields and War Memorials

La Coupole Bunker Saint Omer

La Coupole Bunker Saint Omer

There are three key sites dedicated to what are called Vengeance weapons (V1, V2 and V3) in and around Saint Omer in northern France: the Blockhaus d’Eperlecques, the fortress of Mimoyecques and the enormous round bunker known as La Coupole about 10km south of the town of Saint Omer. La Coupole Bunker Saint Omer La […]

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Blockhaus Eperlecques Saint Omer

Written by on June 3, 2015 in Battlefields and War Memorials
Blockhaus Eperlecques Saint Omer

Saint Omer is a quintessential northern French rural town.  With its broad market square presided over by the charming Hotel de Ville and a clutter of the street life going on alongside its vibrant cafe culture.  It’s a great location for touring the memorial sites of World War II and there are several key places […]

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Mimoyecques Museum northern France

Written by on June 3, 2015 in Battlefields and War Memorials
Mimoyecques Museum northern France

In the peaceful French countryside of northern France, there are many reminders of the region’s history, particularly during the two World Wars of the 20th Century. About 30km from the charming town of Saint Omer is the Fortress at Mimoyecques, a Germany V3 site. Mimoyecques Museum A few kilometres from the cliff tops of Cap […]

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Agincourt 2015

Agincourt 2015

The Centre Historique Medieval at Agincourt has a packed programme of fun events for 2015, the 600th anniversary of the famous and bloody battle of Agincourt. From playmobil battle scenes to concerts and military shows featuring parachute jumps, a visit to Agincourt this year is sure to bring surprises and fun. Agincourt Programme of events […]

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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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