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Battlefields 14-18 - "Written in blood"

A memorial route from the North Sea to the Franco-Swiss border along the historic battlefields of the First World War (1,307 km).


14-18- The Great 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

Traces of the First World War.

Belgium

Remember Belgium !

Searching for forgotten, abandoned and doomed places

Surprising testimonies of the struggle of the Yzer River between Nieuwpoort and Diksmuide.

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

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In Flanders Fields

Belgium

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.

4d/3n - Min 4 / max 8 pers
from € 890.00 pp

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The 'forgotten battlefields' of French Flanders and Artois

Belgium - France

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

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The true History behind 1917

France

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.

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Battlefields of the Somme

France

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.

3d/2n - Min 4 / max 8 pers
from € 750.00 pp

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The Tunnels of Death 14-18

France

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.

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Le front Français

France

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.

4d/3n - Min 4 / max 8 pers
from € 995.00 pp

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Maas & Argonne

France

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.

3d/2n - Guide - Min 6 pers
from € 490.00 pp
3d/2n - Guide - Min 4 pers
from € 640.00 pp

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Lorraine's hidden battlefields

France

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 ......  

 

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Vosges : Scars of World War I

France

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.

4d/3n - From 4 pers
from € 880.00 pp

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14 – 18 Along the Western front

Belgium - France

In Belgium, the front passed through West Flanders for four years: it ran from the beaches in Nieuwpoort along the river Yser past Diksmuide in the direction of Ypres, where it curved to the east. It passed Wijtschate and Ploegsteert. Lille and Armentiers were in German hands. From there it continued through the northern French hills, along the Somme, Maas-Argonne and Verdun to the Vosges.

10d/9n - Min 6 / max 8 pers
from € 1930.00 pp

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