14-18 Remembrance

100 years ago Northern France was the scene of some of the First World War's more significant battles. 100 years on, visit the areas which played such an important role in shaping the future of Britain and the world

The Battle of the Somme was Britain's bloodiest battle seeing over 20,000 losses just on the first day, making a visit to the Somme an important part of any pilgrimage. 

Key sites to visit include the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme which pays tribute to the 72,195 missing British and South African men who died in the Somme and have no known grave. 
The Ring of Remembrance outside Lens is the only international monument created for the Centenary of WW1. On this moving monument, the names of 600,000 soldiers who died in the Nord-pas-de-Calais region are inscribed alphabetically, with no distinction of nationality or religion. 
The Australian War Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux commemorates 10,774  Australian soldiers lost in France during the war. La Caverne du Dragon (The Dragon’s Lair), a 16th-century stone quarry which became a strategic military location. 
The Historial de la Grande Guerre (Museum of the Great War)  is a museum housing more than 70,000 everyday civil and military objects from the WW1 period. 
The Musée Somme 1916, also opened in 1992, is in a tunnel dating back to the 13th century in Albert, a British Garrison town during WW1.
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