I am spending some time in Paris and I want to go to see the battlefields and cemeteries at the Somme, but I don't really know how to go about it. Any tips would be appreciated!
Alex, I did this a few years back helping my wife trace her grandfather's footsteps... he fought at Villers-Brettoneaux. We hired a car and stayed in Amiens and did day trips. But I'd suggest for just 1 day, head straight to Perrone - there's a fabulous museum of the first world war there. Or you could do the commonwealth war cemetery just outside V-B.
Thing is, everywhere you go there are little war cemeteries, some no bigger than a couple of tennis courts (they're always signposted - the French take great care of them). Just inside the gate of each is a brick box, inside are 2 books. One lists the names of all those who are buried there (if their name is known - many are simply registered as 'known unto God'). The second book is a visitors book where you can write a comment. It's a very moving experience and highly recommended.
Phil over 9 years ago