Battlegrounds & Military History

Historial de la Grande Guerre (Museum of the Great War)
A museum which tells the history of the First World War. Includes tours of the Battlefields of the Somme, the trenches and the Ypres memorial. Chateau de Peronne, 80200 Peronne.
Monument de la 26e Yankee Division (Monument to the 26th Yan...
Monument erected in 2008 at the Froidmant Quarry to commemorate the presence of the Division in 1918, where they trained for operations in Chateau Theierry, Argonne and Alsace. Open all year. Free entry. Route de Braye, 02200 Braye-en-Laonnois.
Memorial to the internment and deportation, Camp de Royallie...
Royallieu was an internment and deportation camp where French resistance, Jews and others were imprisoned. Some 40 000 were deported to German concentration camps. Open 10:00-18:00 everyday. 2 avenue des Martyrs de la Liberte, 60200 Compiegne.
Centre Historique Medieval
Museum on the site of the Battle of Agincourt. Features include demonstrations of ancient crafts, courses on heraldry and a souvenir shop. Conference and banquet hall for hire. Rue Charles VI, Azincburt (62).
Musee de Crecy-en-Ponthieu
A museum run by the local community and dedicated to the Battle of Crecy. You can view artiffacts of the time and illustrations and set pieces. There is also a part of the museum dedicated to World War II. Crecy en Ponthieu (80)
Citadelle de Doullens
A citadel built in the middle ages, historically important as the model that Vauban the military architect used. 52 route d Amiens, Doullens (80).
Musee 39-45. Le Musee de la Cote dOpale
Museum detailing the Second World War with thousands of artifacts and documents. Open every day from 1 April until 31 October and weekends during March and November. Historique de la seconde Guerre Mondiale, 2 rue des Garennes (CD 940), Ambleteuse (62)
Le Blockhaus dEperlecques
A place of historical interest and remembrance, the Blockhaus was built by workers from various nations. One of the bases of the V2 missile sites built in France. Bombed by the RAF in 1943. Rue du Sart, Eperlecques (62).
Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation en Picardie
A museum commerating the work of the Resistance in Picardy. Free admission for war veterans. Place Carnegie, Fargniers (02).
Lochnagar Mine Crater
This site commemorates the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, where British troops blew a series of mines creating this vast crater to destroy heavily defended German positions. D20, Route de la Grande Mine, 80300 Ovillers la Boiselle.
Thiepval Memorial & Visitor Centre
The Somme Memorial dedicated to the British and South African soldiers missing in action. Visitor Centre covers the Battle of the Somme and the Great War. (EN, FR, DE).Shop. Rue de lAncre, 80300 Thiepval Open 1 February-16 December. 09:30-18:00.
Clairiere de l'Armistice
Museum and monument dedicated to the site where the armistice was signed on November 11th 1918 and also in June 1940. The trenches can still be seen and you can view the original train car where the signing took place. Route de Soissons Compiegne (60).
Neuville-sous-Montreuil Indian Cemetery
Situated at "chemin du Trou du Chene". This cemetery was used between December 1914 until March 1916 by the Lahore Indian General Hospital.
Tank Monument (Monument des chars dassault).
Monument in honour of the tank crews who fell in the Great War. Situated where the first French tanks massed on 16 April 1916. Armoured vehicles from the 1950s and 60s are on show. Open all year. Free parking and entry. RD1044, 02190 Berry-au-Bac.
La Coupole
La Coupole, or the Dome is a large underground structure built and used by the Nazis to launch the V2 rockets. There is also a Wall of Remembrance in the structure. Rue du Mont-a-Car (D210) Helfaut (62).
Memorial du Souvenir - Historical Centre
Centre commemorating the Battle of Dunkerque and the Operation Dynamo evacuation during WWII. Open daily April-September. Visits at other times may be arranged with the Dunkerque Office of Tourism. Courtines du Bastion, 32 rue des Chant, Dunkirk (59).
Monument du Bataillon Royal North Lancashire
Also known as The British Column, this monument is close to the first battle of the Chemin des Dames (Ladies Path). Blocked, the troops were forced to dig-in and endure fierce fighting until the German lines fell in 1915 RD967, 02860 Cerny-en-Laonnois.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The CWGC maintains and documents war graves and memorials of Commonwealth persons who died in two world wars. This site enables one to trace the cemeteries, sites and names of the dead. France Area: 5-7 Rue Angele Richard, CS 10109, 62217 Beaurains.
The Visitors Centre in Newfoundland Memorial Park
Situated on the Somme battlefield site, the park serves as a memorial to those who died and those with no known grave. One of only two Canadian Historic Sites outside Canada. Free parking for cars and coaches. D73, 80300 Beaumont Hamel.
The Somme Association
Founded to manage the Ulster Memorial Tower and the Visitor Centre sites close to Thiepval in the Somme. The Somme Association, 233 Bangor Road, Newtonards, County Down BT23 7PH, Northern Ireland.