The Great War was the trigger for a series of conflicts and developments which made the 20th Century one of the most dramatic periods in mankind’s history. The Second World War, the Cold War, the fall of Empires and the birth of new nations, all were closely linked to the events between 1914 and 1918. Today the threat of war has lifted and Europe lives in peace but why was this not the case 100 years ago? Moreover, should we take this precious peace for granted?
Gaining an insight into some of the darkest pages of our recent past satisfies an interest in history, brings respect for the lives, endurance and achievements of the participants and teaches lessons for the future. More importantly, understanding the events leading up to the Great War, and recognising the true face of conflict, can be instrumental in avoiding a terrible repetition.
Living near Ypres, Passchendaele and Messines, we show you how the Great War unfolded in the places where it actually happened. We explain how and why war broke out, how it came to Flanders and France and how individual battles influenced the overall conduct of the war. We demonstrate how terrain, strong German defences and, limited offensive technology resulted in tragedies, such as Passchendaele and the Somme.
Whether you are considering a first battlefield trip or you are a frequent visitor to Flanders, you want to get the best out of your visit. Being accompanied by a local, registered, badged and professional battlefield guide with over 15 years experience can make all the difference. Please explore our website and contact us for more information.
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