A memorial route from the North Sea to the Franco-Swiss border along the historic battlefields of the First World War.
Young men, abandoned by God and everyone, up to their knees in the mud of the trenches and between the rats and vermin, are either killed or injured in a hopeless battle against an enemy who is in similar circumstances. We are used to thinking and talking about this war in terms of madness. The Great War - as his contemporaries called it - is quite commonly seen as a period in which madness ruled Europe. Pointless waste of hundreds of thousands of human lives to the glory of the emperor and generals.
The killing fields of the First World War
The "dead channel" between Ypres and Komen. The Great War was explicitly present here...
Passchendaele - Zonnebeke - Komen - Zillebeke - Hill 60 / 62 - Mesen - Sint-Elooi - Bayerwald - Ypres ( last post )
The Raids on the Belgian Coast During World War I & II
The Royal Navy Attacks on the German Occupied Belgian Coast During the First World War.. Zeebrugge - Ostend
Atlantikwall - Raversyde 14-18 / 40-45
Fortification: The forts of Antwerp, Namur and Liège formed the defence line of the Belgian army in 1914.
The trench path
A German bunker and trench system from 1917!
Considered to be one of the best preserved trench systems from World War I in all of Europe! It contains 1.2 km of trenches and about 15 bunkers, of which 4 are opened and accessible to visitors.
The death wire
The Death Wire was an electric fence on the border between Belgium and the Netherlands during WWI. It was the border between war and peace.
The Frontzate cycle and walking path is located on the former railway bed. This railway line connected Diksmuide with Nieuwpoort and played a strategic role during WWI. Here lay the first line of the Belgian army as a defence against the enemy.
From 1914 to 1918 the west corner "Flanders Fields" was an important battlefield in the First World War. More than 1 million soldiers from more than 50 different countries were injured, missing, mutilated or slaughtered here. Entire towns and villages were destroyed. The Ypres and Passchendaele region became worldwide symbols for the absurdity of war.
The military events in northern France often remain deafeningly silent. Especially the area between French Flanders ( Ploegsteert ) Armentières and Arras sometimes seems like a 'forgotten front'.
However, in the former county of Artesia a fierce battle was fought for four years.
Dark Travel wants to show that the limited attention paid to this forgotten battlefield is unjustified. After all, here too the region is dotted with peculiar memories of '14-18'. Cemeteries, monuments, tunnel complexes and ruined churches each tell their own story about the war in French Flanders and Artois.
Ploegsteert ( Plugstreet ) - Armentieres - Fromelles - Aubers - Festubert
Coal mining areas: Givenchy - Auchy Les Mines - Loos and Gohelle
Notre Dame De La Lorette - Vimy - Neuville St Vaast – Arras
In spring 1917 the Germans launch Operation "Alberich" and fall back on the "Hindenburg Line" between Arras and Vailly-sur-Aisne, a "newly built and massively fortified" defence line. The Germans who were consolidating their troops for possible further offensive operations.
When the Germans withdrew, they applied the strategy of burned earth,
Lines of communication, roads, bridges, trees, houses were destroyed to slow down the progress of the Allied troops towards the new front line. "The Germans had destroyed everything, took most of the civilians, and left booby-traps, snipers and a few other unexpected surprises.
Following in the footsteps of.... we discover the real Ecoust Saint Mein, the forest of Croisilles and the Hindenburg line. The battlefields of Arras, Bullecout, Bapaume, Péronne, Cambrai and ....
This program is in progress.
One of the most important military activities in Picardy was a series of battles that took place along the Somme during the First World War.
From September 1914 to August 1918, four major battles, including the Battle of the Somme, were fought by British, French and German troops in northern Picardy.
Rendez-vous with history and death at the gates of hell.
The extraordinary underworld of the soldiers of the Great War.
Between 1914 and 1918, hell is on the surface of the earth.
While the Great War is the first "modern" conflict, many of the warriors with convictions are renewing myths dating back to very ancient times and lurking in spaces that most civilizations have reserved for the dead. While the Great War is the first "modern" conflict, many of the warriors with convictions are renewing myths dating back to very ancient times and hiding in spaces that most civilizations have reserved for the dead.
Undergrounds and Remains of the Oise Front in Aisne.
This programme is in progress.
The great war in the Marne valley & Verdun was once the great agony of millions of French and German soldiers and should not be missed on a journey along the western front. A itinerary marked by monuments, ruins, necropolis, witnesses to the fierceness of battles and museums commemorating the Great War which ended on 11 November 1918.
Meuse-Argonne was martyred and disfigured during first world war. The battlefields are maintained as authentic battle sites and remains, testimonials to the fighting waged during the Great War.
Today, Meuse-Argonne boasts the richest “Great War“ heritage in the world. This historic, archaeological and commemorative heritage bears the stamp of authenticity. Forts and buildings, artillery batteries and concrete trenches, bunkers and communication trenches, mine craters and shell holes, tunnels, monuments, graves and tombstones combine to create wartime landscapes across tens of thousands of hectares in Meuse.
On 3 August 1914, Germany declared war on France. The Great War entered Meurthe-et-Moselle near Lunéville, Gerbéviller and Rozelieures.
This was the beginning of the Great Battle of Lorraine. The fighting took place around the Grand Couronné to the east of Nancy (Champenoux, Courbesseaux ...) and around Saint-Dié. In the centre, the German armies will try to pass through the Trouée de Charmes, located between the stronghs of Toul and Épinal. Following this, the front (in Lorraine) will stabilise for the next four years.
During these four years of war, many sinister battles took place on our territory. In Gerbéviller, the town was set on fire, looted and dozens of men and women massacred by the German army. In Vitrimont, the hill of Leomont was taken in turn, taken over nearly 8 times by both sides, on the night of 25 to 26 August 1914 alone. In Montauville and Fey-en-Haye, heavy fighting took place at Bois-le-Prêtre, a strategic passage of the Saint-Mihiel salient ......
It is not so well-known that heavy fighting took place in the Vosges during the First World War. A visit to the front line 1914-1918 immediately gives a meaningful interpretation of this region, which has an atmosphere as if the trenches had only been abandoned yesterday. Bunkers, tunnels and trenches can still be found here in great diversity. In the woods there are also numerous bunkers and remnants of fortifications to be seen.
The area is dotted with barbed wire barriers that are still completely intact.
A NEW CHALLENGING WALKING / BIKING / SELFDRIVING ROUTE FOR PEACE
The Western Front Way is a new long-distance walking, cycling and self-drive route for peace, mental balance and remembrance. The idea was rediscovered in a letter written by a young soldier who served at the Battle of Loos in 1915. He wrote that at the end of the Great War he dreamed of creating a "beautiful road ... for all nations to walk/ride together in peace when the conflict was over".
The Western Front Way (1000 km between Nieuwpoort and Pfetterhouse) is a new challenging long-distance route for walking/cycling and self-drive for peace, mental balance and remembrance.
Who dares to face this challenge?