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At the heart of the Western Front this region, bordering Belgium, encompasses many of the most tragic and commemorated battlefi eld sites and memorials from World War 1. A stay in Lille, Arras or Bailleul gives access to many museums, memorials and cemeteries dedicated to the memory of British, French, Canadian and Australian soldiers who gave their lives. Vimy Ridge, Cabaret Rouge, Fort Seclin and Fromelles are important sites in this region.


This region is where the infamous battle of the Somme took place as well as the battles of the Aisne and Marne. Staying at Amiens, Albert or Saint-Quentin you can visit the Lochnagar crater, the Thiepval memorial commemorating French, British and Commonwealth troops, the Chemin des Dames remembrance trail or the incredible museum at the Caverne du Dragon. The Circuit du Souvenir is a tour through the numerous battlefi elds of the Somme.


The terrible 300 day battle of Verdun took place in this region, leaving a lasting impact on the people of France, due to the colossal scale of casualties. Stay in the historic cities of Verdun, Metz or Nancy as a base for visiting the several interesting memorials and commemorative sites in the Lorraine region, which honour many nationalities but especially the sacrifi ces of French and American soldiers.

EVENTS 174 136 ❮ WW1 Centenary Special

During the centenary years, 2014-2018, there will be many commemorative events organised for people to pay their respects and remember those who gave their lives. We have compiled a list of the main events scheduled to take place in France and the UK. Put a note in your diary to attend one of these important and moving ceremonies or check to see if there is TV coverage in your part of the world.


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