In 1916, the Somme department became an international zone, a place where people of roughly twenty nationalities came to fight and work, originating from the 3 empires involved (France, Germany and Great Britain).
Northern France, a Region changed by the Great War.
The centenary of the 1st World War is a time for international reflection and for promoting the ideal of «Paix, Frieden, Peace». The Ring of Remembrance at Notre Dame de Lorette in Ablain St-Nazaire is a moving memorial to a conflict that shook the World. This vast ellipse bears the names of 580,000 soldiers who fell across the region. Opening nearby at Souchez the «Lens 14-18 War and Peace».
This former V2 rocket launching basis is now an ultramodern History centre.
This former V2 rocket launching basis is now an ultramodern History centre dedicated to the WWII explaining life under the Occupation in Northern France and how the V2͛s led to space conquest. A highly 3D planetarium also takes you into space!
Northern Champagne was the setting for vicious fighting during WWI and the region is famous for the two battles of the Marne that took place in 1914 and 1918.
Major remembrance sites.
Pay respect to the fallen of the Great War throughout the entire destination where magnificent and outstanding sites have been built in memory of the men involved in the conflict.
The Great War left a lasting mark on the areas where the most violent battles took place. The north-east of France was deeply affected, with a frontline running down from the North Sea to the Swiss border.
Vosges Front Alsace.
The Vosges Front is a mountainous area ranging from the Donon in the north and the Grand Ballon in the south.
Cultural City Breaks.
Why not stop in the Western Front to visit the region͛s historical and cultural heritage such as the world famous Reims Cathedrale, ride through typical French sceneries and enjoy the gastronomy à la française.
For the commemorations of the centenary of the Great War, these historical destinations are getting together to welcome visitors from around the world.
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