Flanders /Ypres

Flanders /Ypres

Visiting Ypres and the Salient - Belgian Flanders

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The Somme

The Somme

Visiting the Somme battlefields in Northern France

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Other battlefields

Other battlefields

Covering other sites of interest on the Western Front

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Welcome to the World War One Battlefields website!

World War One Battlefields has been on the web since 2004.

NOVEMBER 11th 2021 UPDATE:  As we reach Armistice Day, 2021, some sense of normality is returning although we still have to live with Covid-19. Travelling to the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres is possible again, although with Covid and also after Brexit, things are not quite as straightforward as before.

This website provides an online guide to areas of the Western Front as they are today,  with historical information and photographs alongside modern photos of each area. It provides practical information  Рsee pages on Visiting the Somme and Visiting Ypres. There is information on how to best reach the battlefields of the Somme and Flanders and also where to stay (Somme and Flanders). For those with limited time, there is a page listing Five must-see Somme sites Рuseful if you have only one day to spend in the area. Helping you to make the most of your battlefield visit is the main purpose of this website.

There are many more pages on what to see in the two main areas of interest on the Western Front, Ypres/Flanders and the Somme. For Flanders, these include Tyne Cot, the Menin Gate in Ypres and Passchendaele, whilst in the Somme, there are pages on the Thiepval Memorial, the Newfoundland Memorial Park and Beaumont Hamel, among others.

There are also pages on other key sites on the Western Front, such as Vimy Ridge, Arras and Verdun.

 

Latest Site Updates

The most recent site updates are pages covering Fromelles, and Villers-Brettonneux, both sites with links to the Australians. Other recent updates are to the Bayernwald page (with information added on Croonaert Chapel Cemetery) and to the Plugstreet page.

There are some excellent guidebooks and other resources for visiting the battlefields. These are also listed on the relevant pages.

  • The Menin Gate, Ypres
  • Passchendaele
  • Preserved trenches, Vimy Ridge

Sections covering the main battlefields of interest on the Western Front can be accessed via the links below:

The Somme battlefields

Ypres/Flanders battlefields

Other battlefields