From August 1914 to November 1918, France was the theater of the most violent, casualty-filled war history had ever known. Within the first weeks, the harshness of the battles forced belligerent troops to abandon their war of movement. Men buried themselves in trenches, from the plains in the North to the chalks of Champagne, in forests and mountains. A war of attrition was added to their deadly offensives. Separated by merely a few hundred meters, the men's daily lives were filled with bombings, the explosion of mines and the boredom of waiting. The era's most modern and powerful weapons, like tanks and poison gas, lead to the deaths of millions of men from the five continents.
French soil is still marked today with their memories and they continue to nourish our contemporary hopes of international peace. Traces of the First World War are still visible from Nord-Pas de Calais to Alsace, in Picardy, Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine. Follow their vestiges through the networks of trenches, by the shell holes in the Vosges forest or the quarries and underground galleries of the Aisne and the Oise. Take a moment of remembrance in the vast cemeteries and memorials of Artois or in the Glade of the Armistice, discover the Historial of Péronne in the Somme and Belleau in the Aisne, the Memorial of Verdun, the vertiginous mine holes in Boiselle and Vauquois in the Meuse, the notorious Chemin des Dames battlefield, and visit the Fort de la Pompelle in Reims, the Fort de Leveau in Maubeuge, the Côte 204 at the Château-Thierry or the Franco-American Museum in the Château de Blérancourt.
WWI Tours in France
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