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Touring First World War trenches of Le Linge in Alsace
Some of the most fierce fighting of WW1 took place 1914-1916 in the trenches along the peaks of the Vosges Mountains that formed the German-French border in 1914. Having seized the area by war against France in 1870, Germany had fortified it heavily, and the area formed the southern end of Germany's defenses. Now within French borders, the battlefield at Le Linge has a great museum, showcasing the war through historical objects excavated from the battlefield. Military uniforms and helmets, firearms intact and as recovered rusted and destroyed from the ground, coins and personal items of soldiers, as well as photographs of the battlefield create a sense of what happened here.
(examiner.com)

Students in sobering tour of First World War battlegrounds
Group of students from Holy Family Catholic School traveled in France to visit the graves of relatives of Keighley people who lost their lives in WW1. They toured battlefields, and in Ypres the group took part in the Menin Gate memorial ceremony. George Hainsworth, 13, said: "You don't really get the full picture unless you visit these places. It was overwhelming to see so many gravestones." David Meyrick added: "That amount of gravestones was a bit scary." The bleakest sights included trenches and craters used as makeshift mass graves and uncensored photos of war wounds. They also saw the Lochnagar crater, trench fortifications and the Langemark German war cemetery.
(keighleynews.co.uk)

Man to traces his grandfather's entire journey across the Western Front
Visits to First World War battlefields have increased in recent years as more people trace their family history. The unexpected discovery of a grandfather's war diary inspired one man to trace his entire journey across the Western Front. For years the diary of WWI soldier Edgar Lucas (the 7th Battalion of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry) lay forgotten. It was only when his grandson Rob was browsing through items after the death of his father Dennis that he came across the book, which recorded Pte Lucas's journey across the Western Front. The find inspired Lucas to tour WWI battlefields and visit each of the sites.
(bbc.co.uk)

New air route from Leeds to the battlefields of Somme
A new air route, which will enable people to visit the site of a WWI battlefield, is to operate from Leeds Bradford Airport. From spring 2009, Budget airline Jet2 will start flights between Leeds and Albert-Picardie (close to the Somme battlefield). The service will run twice weekly between April and June. Ian Doubtfire, Jet2 managing director, explained: "Battlefield breaks are becoming tremendously popular within the tourism industry and we anticipate the vast majority of passengers flying to Albert will be travelling there to see the sights and experience the history of key events during WWI."
(bbc.co.uk)

Touring the trenches of the Somme - A family pilgrimage in memory of her grandfather
Like many who returned, my grandfather refused to speak about the Somme. My mother recalls only that he hated jam because the troops in the trenches had used it to sweeten their tea. All we have then are his two military medals and the fact that he survived, which is the reason that my son, Joe, and I are alive 90 years later, standing deep in Picardy mud, commemorating those who did not. Until I stood in the sunken lane outside the village of Beaumont Hamel, I knew only cliches about the war. "Up there," says our Holt Tour's guide, John Grimwood, pointing 100 metres up a field where cows graze, "were the German trenches."
(timesonline.co.uk)

UK: Win a trip to the first world war battlefields with IWM/TPYF
Their Past Your Future (TPYF) and the Imperial War Museum are looking for 24 young people (UK) to travel to the World War I battlegrounds in France and Belgium from November 7ќ12, 2008 as part of "Away To Remember" competition. November 2008 will be the 90th anniversary of the Armistice, the day WWI ended in November 1918. To win a place on this experience the Imperial War Museum are having a competition - the deadline is September 9 2008. They want young people (aged 14-16) to answer 2 questions: What impact did the First World War have on your community? What do you think about remembrance today and in the future?
(24hourmuseum.org.uk)

Tour the First World War battlefields of the Western Front
Begin your WWI battlefields tour in Ieper (Ypres). It is a prosperous town - where none of the buildings are over 80 years old. The surviving citizens rebuilt town from the ruins, including the Cloth Hall, which now houses the In Flanders Fields museum - filled with photos, film and interactive media bringing the historical timetable and personal experience of war to life. Next stop is Essex Farm, where Canadian Colonel John McCrae patched up casualties and wrote his famous poem In Flanders Fields. Moss-greened concrete bunkers lay next to the cemetery and memorial pillar.
(travelbite)

Tribute to Pals killed on Somme - Coach trip to the battlefields on The Western Front
WWI historian Steve Williams, co-founder of the Chorley Pals Memorial Appeal, is preparing a coach trip to the Somme battlefield. The 5-day trip is aspiring to raise Б55,000 for a bronze statue to the men from Chorley who fought as Y Company of the Accrington Pals' battalion. The tour will visit the main sites on the Somme battlefield, like the Accrington Pals' trenches facing the village of Serre, the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, and a wreath will be laid at the Chorley Pals plaque. This will be the 4th coach trip that Steve has organised to the battlefields on The Western Front, and it will leave on July 10.
(chorleycitizen.co.uk)

On a First World War battlefield tour - The Western Front today
The actor starts to recite and our group hears the deadly patter of gunfire. Some of us may even flinch, imagining the impact. Something thrilling is going on in this copse in France. A poem is being reconnected to the moment of its birth. In aerial photos the trenches of the Western Front look like wounds. From one of these ditches, a support-trench near Fricourt, Siegfried Sassoon observed the opening of the Battle of the Somme. "Have just eaten my last orange. I am staring at a sunlit picture of hell," he writes in Memoirs of an Infantry Officer. As the World War I recedes into history, it exerts fresh interest, fuelled by the online genealogy hype.
(telegraph.co.uk)

Govt tells Anzac pilgrims to behave at Gallipoli service
In recent years, huge numbers of Australian and New Zealand backpackers have travelled to Gallipoli to commemorate Anzac Day and that has led to complaints. There were also photographs of young Australians at the Lone Pine cemetery lying on the graves of slain Australian soldiers, sitting on headstones and using the headstones as pillows. --- An "interpretive programme" will be run through the night of April 24, providing an account of the Gallipoli Campaign. "As part of this a new documentary, Kiwis on Gallipoli will be played which combines moving film footage, still images and the words of the New Zealanders who served on the Peninsula."
(nzherald)

How To Get To Oz by Bus - and see the WW1 battlefields   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Brits wanting to head Down Under can now take a bus... all the way to Australia. The environmentally-friendly 12-week trip will set travellers back a cool Б3,750. Highlights include visits to the World War 1 battlefields of Gallipoli in Turkey, Iran's desert city Bam and the Mount Everest base camp. "I wanted to set up a service that not only delivers travellers to their destination, but also lets them experience the amazing world they would otherwise be flying over," said Mark Creasey.
(lse)

The Complete Guide To: Great War Travel
The First World War lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11.11am on 11 November 1918. It claimed about 10 million lives and caused the disintegration of 4 empires: Austro-Hungarian, Russian, German and Ottoman. Almost as soon as the fighting was over, many of the battlefields started getting visitors. Most popular was the Western Front: Many visitors went to Flanders, where hundreds of thousands of soldiers died. The main place of pilgrimage is the Flemish town of Ieper, known as Ypres in French, and Wipers by British troops who fought there. It receives more than 200,000 visitors every year.
(independent)