The Great War

Throughout history, War Memorials were erected to commemorate victories in battle, but today’s memorials are not to glorify war, but to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and to stand as a reminder of the horror of war, and maybe to create an understanding between former enemies in the hope that peace can be our future. Many memorials stand to the memory of the un-named dead, whereas others bear the names of the brave men and women who sadly lost their lives in these conflicts.

“They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them”

A fitting epitaph, which adorns many Commonwealth memorials. “The Ode” by Lawrence Binyon.

War sights in Ypres

From October 1914 until October 1918 the battlefi eld was barely a few kilometres away from the centre. The trenches had been dug from North to South to form an arc around Ypres. In that famous Ypres Salient no fewer than fi ve bloody battles were fought. In the nineteen twenties more than 150 military cemeteries were built in and around the city and monuments were erected, Menin Gate being the most important. These monuments and cemeteries as well as the rebuilt houses, some of which were faithfully restored, still remind us today of the senselessness of war and of this most tragic period in the history of Ypres.

War sights in Ypres

Beaches of the D-Day Landings

On Tuesday the 6th of June 1944, 130,000 of the Allied forces set off to land in Normandy, on the beaches of Utah, Gold, Sword, Omaha and Juno in what was called, Operation Overlord. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history and would become the base for the liberation of the German Occupied Northwest of Europe and the foundation of the Allied victory on the Western Front.

Beaches of D-Day

Oradour-sur-Glane

Oradour-sur-Glane is a commune in the Haute-Vienne department in the Limousin region in west-central France. The original village was destroyed on 10 June 1944, when 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company. A new village was built after the war on a nearby site but on the orders of the then French president, Charles de Gaulle, the original has been maintained as a permanent memorial and museum.

The new village of Oradour-sur-Glane was built after the war, to the northwest of the site of the massacre. The ruins of the original village remain as a memorial to the dead and to represent similar sites and events. Its museum includes items recovered from the burned-out buildings: watches stopped at the time their owners were burned alive, glasses melted from the intense heat, and various personal items.

Oradour-sur-Glane

Battlefield Tours

Discover a number of different Battlefield tours you can travel to and exploe. Discover such tours as the Australian path of remembrance, the flanders fields tour, battlefields on the western front tour and much more. All tours are a way for you to experience the history of the battlefields and to remember all thise who fell and lost their lives for our freedom.

Battlefield Tours

D-Day Celebraions in Normandy

We happened to find the site of the Pegasus Bridge by accident luckily and stopped to take photos and have a coffee ( 10€ for three coffees expensive!) there were a number of British troops there and the bridge was lifted up to allow a boat to pass whilst we were there. There was a couple of war ships and some jeeps there. Heading towards the coast we passed through Dives-sur-Mer all prettily decorated with parachutes and other DDay decorative things the place was pretty much deserted as it was so early in the morning.

D-Day Celebrations

Berlin

Shaped by its moving history and the rapid and radical changes of the last two decades, the city today exerts a quite unique fascination. Over twenty years following the fall of the Berlin wall and the re-establishment of a united Germany, the city has created itself as a young, dynamic and cosmopolitan metropolis in the heart of Europe, which is constantly re-inventing itself. Variety is guaranteed, but Berlin also offers plenty of opportunities for those who just want to relax and take it easy. Behind all this is the memorials that have been left behind of the Great War to remember the atrocities that happened.

Berlin

Concentration Camps

Nazi Germany maintained concentration camps throughout the territories it controlled before and during the Second World War. The first Nazi camps were erected in Germany in March 1933 immediately after Hitler became Chancellor and his Nazi Party was given control of the police by Reich Interior Minister Wilhelm Frick and Prussian Acting Interior Minister Hermann Göring. Used to hold and torture political opponents and union organizers, the camps initially held around 45,000 prisoners. Many of these camps have been preserved for you to visit today in order for the future generations to learn about the horror that happened and to stop it from happening again. Below is a few open for you to visit

Concentration Camps

Kehlsteinhaus, Eagles Nest

The Führer Headquarters (Führerhauptquartiere in German), abbreviated FHQ, is a common name for a number of official headquarters used by the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and various German commanders and officials throughout Europe during World War II. Perhaps the most widely known headquarters was the Führerbunker in Berlin, Germany, where Hitler committed suicide on 30 April 1945. Other notable headquarters are the Wolfsschanze (Wolf’s Lair) in East Prussia, where Claus von Stauffenberg in league with other conspirators attempted to assassinate Hitler on 20 July 1944, and Hitler’s private home, the Berghof, at Obersalzberg near Berchtesgaden, where he frequently met with prominent foreign and domestic officials.

Kehlsteinhaus, Eagles Nest

War Museums in Belgium

In a country where war was fought, it lingers, even if that war is already a century behind us. For each of the more than 600,000 dead who fell here, for each of the more than 425,000 graves and names on memorials and for the hundreds of traces and relics in the front region, for each of the millions affected there is a story of suffering, pain and ordeal somewhere in the world.

War Museums, Belgium

Verdun

Verdun is a small fortified city in the Meuse department in Grand Est in northeastern France set in a valley and surrounded by trees and forest. The River Meuse runs through the city and branches off into smaller canals. The fortification of Verdun was the work of Marshal Vauban who is responsible for many other great buildings and city walls around France.

Verdun

Douaumont Ossuary

The village of Douaumont was destroyed during World War I. Today the Douaumont Ossuary, which contains the remains of more than 100,000 unknown soldiers of both French and German nationalities found on the battlefield, stands high above the landscape.

The Douaumont Ossuary is a memorial containing the skeletal remains of soldiers who died on the battlefield during the Battle of Verdun in World War I. It is located in Douaumont, France, within the Verdun battlefield.

During the 300 days of the Battle of Verdun (21 February 1916 – 19 December 1916) approximately 230,000 men died out of a total of 700,000 casualties (dead, wounded and missing). The battle became known in German as Die Hölle von Verdun -The Hell of Verdun, or in French as L’Enfer de Verdun, and was conducted on a battlefield covering less than 20 square kilometers.

Douaumont Ossuary

War Cemeteries

War Cemeteries

War Poems

War Poems

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