Thoroughly updated for this new 3rd edition, Bradt's World War I Battlefields remains the only compact practical travel guide to cover both French and Belgian battlefield sites involved in one of the deadliest conflicts in human history, which changed the face of foreign policy and European geography forever. The 2014-18 centenary of the First World War was a huge catalyst for battlefield tourism, leading to a proliferation of innovative new museums, memorials, commemorative trails, statues and more - which are comprehensively covered in this update.
Co-authored by two award-winning travel writers, this lightweight and pocket-friendly guidebook is perfect for visitors. It covers all the main sites, memorials and museums of the entire Western Front alongside practical information such as travelling there and getting around, and how to book the best guided tours.
In the Belgian section of the book, chapters cover Ypres and the Ypres Salient; Poperinge and Heuvelland; Diksmuide, Veurne and Nieuwpoort; and Mons.
In the French section, as well as the Somme, battlefields in Le Nord and Lille are featured, as are those in Pas-de-Calais; Aisne; and Marne, Champagne and Verdun.
Visiting well-known Somme sights - such as Thiepval, the Somme 1916 Museum, Longueval, Le Hamel and Villers-Bretonneux - is a must for many visitors. So are Arras and the information centre dedicated to the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the Battle of Fromelles Museum, the Cambrrai Tank 1917 Museum, the Marne 14-18 Interpretation Centre, and the Sir John Monash Centre, which tells the story of Australian solders' Western Front experiences in both countries.
This updated and expanded edition features new information on the valuable contribution made by Black, Indian and Caribbean soldiers. There is also refreshed, detailed advice on how to find the resting place of family members lost in battle.
For history buffs, those on battlefield tours, relatives of those who fought, school groups and students, there is no finer guidebook to visiting Great War sites in both countries than Bradt's World War I Battlefields.