WWI Historical Sites en Tour

Visiting Historical sites of World War One may be an immersive way of learning about the ‘Great war’ for many people in France.  People wishing to explore such poignant places may find that sites are ranging from memorials to museums and battle sites to airfields standing in testimony to this awful battle. Many World War One battlefields and sites are prominent such as the ones mentioned below:

Somme Battlefields

The Battle of Somme was famous for the high number of casualties endured by the Allied forces. These battlefields are precisely where the Somme battle took place from July to November of 1916.  The Somme battlefields tour allows its visitors an opportunity to explore the individual battles and to see different towns along the way. Generally, visitors go along the Circuit of Remembrance, a route winding through the battle sites, museums, and memorials.

Fort Douaumont

This fort was constructed after the Franco-Prussian wars, and it acted as a shelter for locals during the Battle of Verdun. Later, it was captured and destroyed by the Germans. However, now visitors can see the remains of this site just the way it was at the time the war ended.  Taking a tour gives visitors a chance to see its three levels, the guns, weaponry, and turrets that remain. Fort Douaumont, despite destruction, is well preserved and this is apparent on viewing the intact command posts and barrack rooms.

Lochnagar Crater

This Crater is regarded to be a vivid World War I site. It is what it is because of a vast crater that was left behind from one of the Somme Battle mine explosions on 1 July 1916. The mine was set off by British forces, and it created the biggest ever Lochnagar Crater of the time. This crater is 30 meters deep and 100 meters in diameter.  Today, visitors can see it as off-site or as the Circuit of Remembrance, a route that explores the Somme Battle, one of the main World War one battles.

Anzac Cove

Anzac Cove in Turkey is the most critical site in World War 1. This was the place in Turkey of the Gallipoli Campaign that New Zealander and Australian troops landed on 25 April 1915. This was an effort by the French and Commonwealth to remove Turkey from World War 1. At Anzac Cove, there are several memorials; even today Anzac Day ceremonies are held at this site.

Menin Gate

Menin Gate is a famous monument in Ypres. It is a memorial to the Commonwealth troops and British who went astray from the action in Belgium during the conflict. This was a vital point during the war, and fierce fighting was going on in the site. During this period, thousands of soldiers went missing or perished, and Menin Gate has those 54,896 names of the Commonwealth and British soldiers missing who died without graves. Thus, Menin Gate is a prominent World War 1 Site that has a memorial ceremony at 8 pm daily, known as the Last Post Ceremony.

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