Follow the Remembrance trails of the Great War in Northern France

  • Fromelles Australian Memorial

    Fromelles Australian Memorial

    © AS. Flament

  • Le Quesnoy New-Zealand Memorial

    Le Quesnoy New-Zealand Memorial

    © S. Dhote

  • Villers-Bretonneux Australian National Memorial

    Villers-Bretonneux Australian National Memorial

    © E. Roose

Follow the Remembrance trails of the Great War in Northern France arras fr

Just 100 years ago, Northern France witnessed some of World War One’s most brutal battles. Today, the fruits of its hard-won peace make for a memorable visit.

Poignant commemorative trails lead Australian and New Zealand pilgrims to the battlefields, allowing them to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors, and ensuring the final journeys of the servicemen and women who walked this way will never be forgotten.

 

The Australian Remembrance Trail

The Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front remembers the sacrifice of the 295,000 Australians who served in the major sites like :

 

  • Fromelles 

The story of Australia’s disastrous first battle on the Western Front is told at the Battle of Fromelles Museum. Within 24 hours at Fromelles, on 19–20 July 1916, more than 5500 men became casualties. Close to the VC Corner Memorial, the sculpture, ‘Cobbers’ at the Australian Memorial Park, depicts the bravery and compassion of Sergeant Simon Fraser.

 

  • Bullecourt

The Jean and Denise Letaille Museum Bullecourt 1917 contains a wealth of objects associated with the two major Australian actions fought there in April and May 1917. Close by, the ‘Digger’ statue at the Australian Memorial Park pays tribute to the Australians who fought there.

 

  • Poziéres

The First Australian Division Memorial commemorates all the major battles of the division on the Western Front between 1916 and 1918. It is sited where, between 23 and 26 July 1916, the division fought its first significant action in France, suffering more than 5200 casualties.

 

  • Villers-Bretonneux 

Outside Villers-Bretonneux, on the Australian National Memorial, are inscribed the battle honours awarded to the Australian Imperial Force on the Western Front
between 1916 and 1918. Beneath these inscriptions are the names of more than
10,700 Australians who died in France and have ‘no known grave’.

Behind the Memorial, the future Sir John Monash Centre will be the central hub of the
Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front. The Sir John Monash
Centre will be open by Anzac Day 2018 to educate visitors about Australia’s contribution to the Great War and early role in international affairs.

 

Ngā Tapuwae – New Zealand First World War Trails

 Ngā Tapuwae – New Zealand First World War Trails

Ngā Tapuwae Western Front commemorates the centenary of the First World War by
guiding visitors through historical places and landscapes in Belgium, France and the United Kingdom.

The trails explore famous battles sites and follow the New Zealanders who lived,
fought and died on the Western Front. There are four trails in Northern France – each one telling a crucial part of the New Zealand First World War story.

 

  • Arras

In Arras, visitors can learn about the New Zealand Tunnelling Company and the
famous underground tunnels. The nearby Faubourg d’Amiens Cemetery and Arras
Memorial tell about the war in the air, and see the cost of the Battle of Arras launched on 9 April 1916.

 

  • Somme 1916

In this area, the New Zealanders launched in 1916 their first major attack, in
sites like Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, the outskirts of Flers where the battle
continued, and the Warlencourt Cemetery where many of those who fought are
buried.

 

  • Somme 1918

In order to hold the line during the German Spring Offensive, the New Zealanders
pushed forward – fighting the Germans back – through Rossignol Wood, Bapaume,
and beyond.

 

  • Le Quesnoy

This trail follows the New Zealanders in the last weeks of the war as they advanced
through Havrincourt and Crèvecœur –  eventually taking the town of Le Quesnoy in a daring attack.

 

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