The Somme was greatly affected by WWI fighting with the invasion in August 1914 and the “Race to the Sea” in September, the Battle of the Somme from July to November 1916 and the Battle of Picardy from March to September 1918.

It became a global war in 1916, involving three million soldiers of about 20 nationalities fighting on a 45 kilometer front long.

From Amiens, we will guide you on the remembrance trail of so many memories. You will discover trenches, memorials dedicated to many different nations and impressive sites which were ruined a century ago.

The Ypres Salient was created at the end of October 1914. An arc-shaped front formed itself around Ypres. Both armies dug in and fought from a continuous system of trenches and mineshafts. A half million soldiers of over 50 different nationalities died there. Because of this, “the Salient” became one of the most notorious places along the Western front. Visit the sites of Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 to discover Dug-out and Trenches; Tyne-Cot Cemetary, Sanctuary Woods (Hill 62) and the pass through the Menin Gate to understand the sacrifice of this generation.


In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely 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.

John McCrae