About this book
The First World War was one of the deadliest conflicts in human history and changed the face of foreign policy and European geography forever. Despite the wealth of literature on the subject Bradt's World War I Battlefields is the only compact practical travel guide to cover both French and Belgian battlefield sites. Produced in a lightweight and portable format, the guide will cover all the main memorials and museums alongside practical information on how to book the best guided tours or find the resting place of family members lost in battle. Published to correspond with the centenary of the War's outbreak the book covers an area that received 212,701 visitors in 2012 from the UK alone.
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Press reviews'A slim volume, fitting into virtually any bag or pocket, its main achievement is the joining up of the dots along the whole Western Front. It's an ideal companion for both Western Front novices and more seasoned explorers.' Best of British
'A compact guide covering all the main museums and memorials'
'This slim volume is the ideal pocket book for anyone planning a visit to the battlefields.'
Good Book Guide
'Good overview of the main sites.'
'Extremely well-written, with some panels reading like pieces of literature rather than some dry guidebook entries'.
Engineering & Technology Magazine
'A comprehensive but easily digestible travel companion'
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PART ONE: GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background information
What is the Western Front? , Historical timeline
Chapter 2 Practical information
Getting there and away , Getting around , Tourist information , Battlefield tours , How to trace a missing relative
PART TWO: BELGIUM
Chapter 3 Ypres and Ypres Salient
Ypres , Ypres Salient , Zonnebeke
Chapter 4 Poperinge and Heuvelland
Poperinge , Heuvelland , Mesen (Messines) ,
Chapter 5 Diksmuide, Veurne and Nieuwpoort
Diksmuide , Veurne , Nieuwpoort
Chapter 6 Mons
PART THREE: FRANCE
Chapter 7 Le Nord and Lille
Lille , Seclin , Armentières , Fromelles , Cambrai , Ors , Le Quesnoy , Maubeuge/Feignies
Chapter 8 Pas-de-Calais: Arras and Lens
Arras , Around Arras , Around Lens , Escalles , Boulogne-sur-Mer , Etaples-sur-Mer , Montreuil-sur-Mer
Chapter 9 The Somme
Amiens , Péronne , Around Péronne , Albert , Around Albert , Doullens , Noyelles-sur-Mer , Cantigny
Chapter 10 Aisne
Laon , Around Laon , Chemin des Dames , Soissons , Saint-Quentin , Chateau-Thierry
Chapter 11 Champagne region & Verdun
Reims , Verdun
Appendix 1: Further Reading