Facts of War - when? why? what?

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Hello Tommy - free guide to battlefield tours of the first world war, featuring maps and details of the trenches and memorials in France and Belgium. Places to visit include Vimmy, the Somme, Verdun, Ypres salient -also known as Leper and wipers - Thiepval, Flanders field museum, details of accommodation, tourist information and how to get around with easy to use maps. Includes details of the sherwood foresters  - Notts and Derby Regiment.

Some years ago, we started to investigate where Lynne’s Grandad won a Military Medal, we knew that he won it near Ypres but that was all... and so the search began.

I started by looking on the World Wide Web - you can find anything on there! not quite that easy, only if you want to pay for the guided tours on offer, so we used the old method of books, museums and finally going there.

Sitting in a merry state one evening in a very good Chinese Restaurant, in the City of Lille, we decided to do what we could never find - information on where to visit relating to the First World War on the World Wide Web -so here we go.

We have based four separate tours on our own experiences and these can be used as you wish, although if you are new to this the Ypres tour (Tour 1) will give you an excellent grounding. Each day covers a different battle area and suggests places to visit that we found interesting. We have tried to put enough information in without bogging you down, but suggesting further reading and where to get it in the More Info pages.

The information contained in the following pages is based on our experiences and suggestions, if we have got it wrong- sorry, we are not experts in this field, only enthusiastic- any suggestions will be looked at, please contact me if you require more info etc. Tommy

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow,  between the crosses, row on row, that mark our place; and in the sky the larks, still singing, fly - scarce heard amid the guns below.  we are the dead. Short days ago we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved, and were loved, and now we lie - in Flanders fields.  Take up our quarrel with the foe; To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high.  If ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep, though poppies grow..... In Flanders fields....