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In addition to its breathtaking panorama of the Lake Madine and the Meuse River, a historical monument of the First World War can be found on the butte or hill of Montsec. A symbol of the courage of the allied brothers in arms, the American Memorial of the Montsec Butte collects the names of those killed in the battle of the Salient of Saint-Mihiel. This historical treasure is accessible by a very wide staircase leading to the isolated hill at an altitude of 375 meters.
the cover of fort tryon's land of memory, featuring horses and carriages
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The resistance of Fort Troyon is legendary and extremely important. Indeed, it prevented the German troops from encircling Verdun from the south during the Battle of the Marne. It's a magnificent stone fort whose role during the First World War was crucial. Today, the traces of the bombardments of September 1914 are still visible. They testify to the violence of the fighting. 👉 To discover in the Land of Memory!
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Beyond its architectural beauty, the abbey of Cinqfontaines is an essential stop on the route of remembrance tourism in the Ardennes. In the heart of the small village of Cinqfontaines, discover a place where more than 300 Jews passed through during the Second World War. 👉 To discover in the Land of Memory!
an image of some carrots laying on the ground with words in french above them
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"When I gently removed the folded sheet of paper, I had no idea that it would change my life..." The war came and plunged Mauricette's grandfather into the hell of the trenches of the First World War. A bomb exploded in his face just as the war was ending. Mauricette thought he was gone forever, but then a letter from a writer finally resolved this family secret.
an old building with the words fort battice below it
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Fort Battice and its exceptional collection of period artillery equipment are a must-see on the Belgian remembrance tourism route. In 1944, the German army converted the fort into a test centre for weapons of destruction. Life-size demonstrations and a guided tour of about three kilometres above and inside the fort await you. 👉 To discover in the Land of Memory!
a sign in front of some bushes and trees with the words, the vyle castle memory trail land of memory
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Follow in the footsteps of the “Belgian Legion,” also known as the “Secret Army,” in the Vyle Castle memory trail. Plunge into the heart of the exploits of the Belgian resistance. We follow in their tracks from the Castle of Vyle for a 9km walk. So you can enjoy the fresh air and fascinating and moving stories. 👉 To discover in the Land of Memory!
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This 115-minute drama, released in 2010, recounts historical events in Luxembourg during the Second World War. In the summer of 1943, during the Nazi occupation of Luxembourg, the young resistance fighter Emil Schwirtz kills, with his friends, two German gendarmes. Emil managed to hide but 20 hostages were designated to be executed if the culprits were not caught. The film mixes interviews and fictional scenes. It is full of suspense and emotion, enough to give you chills.
Discover the role of Spa in the First World War during a guided tour in period costume. The town of Spa, known for its spa-like charm, was favoured by German officers and William II. It was a convalescent centre for German soldiers and the Kaiser's headquarters. It was also in this city that the Germans and the Allies signed the reparations protocol linked to the Treaty of Versailles. 👉 To discover in the Land of Memory! Treaty Of Versailles, Guide, City, Spa
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Discover the role of Spa in the First World War during a guided tour in period costume. The town of Spa, known for its spa-like charm, was favoured by German officers and William II. It was a convalescent centre for German soldiers and the Kaiser's headquarters. It was also in this city that the Germans and the Allies signed the reparations protocol linked to the Treaty of Versailles. 👉 To discover in the Land of Memory!
three flags are flying in the wind near a stone wall and grass area with a walkway
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Fort Douaumont is a relic of the First World War. It is one of the most powerful works and symbols of the Battle of Verdun. More than a flashback, a visit here really plunges us into the heart of a legendary confrontation and tells us more about those heroes who lost their lives there. 👉 To discover in the Land of Memory!
"Ceux de 14" is a collection of personal diaries written by Maurice Genevoix, a young graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure who fought on the Somme, at Verdun and at the Crête des Eparges. These notebooks are a source of precious information to learn more about the life of the Poilus. The image of a bruised, decimated, broken France, but, far beyond, the story of a heroic France. Romans, The One, Lecture, Livres, Verdun, Somme, Book 1, Maurices
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"Ceux de 14" is a collection of personal diaries written by Maurice Genevoix, a young graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure who fought on the Somme, at Verdun and at the Crête des Eparges. These notebooks are a source of precious information to learn more about the life of the Poilus. The image of a bruised, decimated, broken France, but, far beyond, the story of a heroic France.
"December 1916, two years we've been going to war. It is time for it to end." A visit to the Falouse work takes us back in time, to the time of the Frontsoldaten of the Great War. This intermediate artillery work was built between 1906 and 1908 and the state of conservation of the trench is impeccable. It's a totally immersive experience, which offers the curious, an exceptional recreation which is guaranteed to inspire emotions. 👉 To discover in the Land of Memory!
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"December 1916, two years we've been going to war. It is time for it to end." A visit to the Falouse work takes us back in time, to the time of the Frontsoldaten of the Great War. This intermediate artillery work was built between 1906 and 1908 and the state of conservation of the trench is impeccable. It's a totally immersive experience, which offers the curious, an exceptional recreation which is guaranteed to inspire emotions. 👉 To discover in the Land of Memory!
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Located in the hills of Verdun, where thousands of people lost their lives, the memorial tells the story of the famous battle. It is a must-see on the route of remembrance tourism in Europe. We relive through huge screens the physical, auditory and psychological violence of such a confrontation. Numerous objects and testimonies retrace the daily life of the soldiers. A terrace offers a panoramic view of the former battlefield. A virtual visit of the museum is available on the website. 👉
a wooden bench sitting in the middle of a forest next to a hole with grass growing out of it
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The Rocherath woods is a place rich in memories of the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. An experienced guide (French, English and German) will take you through this mysterious forest and the surrounding villages, discovering the Fox Holes in the footsteps of the "Battle Babies". This site is now a symbol of peace and reconciliation. 👉 To discover in the Land of Memory!
people walking down a path next to a river and bridge with the words, path of the passers
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Discover the highlights of the escape of Luxembourg resistance fighters and draft evaders. Since 2020, the municipality has renovated all panels allowing you to immerse yourself in the reality of these smugglers and to imagine the hardships and adventures experienced in those times of war. Walk in the footsteps of these heroes! 👉 To discover in the Land of Memory!
The cemetery of Recogne honors the German soldiers who lost their lives during the Second World War, and for half of them, during the Battle of the Bulge. Nearly 6,810 German soldiers are buried in this cemetery, which was inaugurated on 25 September 1960. Military Cemetery, Cemetery, Soldier, Outdoor Decor
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The cemetery of Recogne honors the German soldiers who lost their lives during the Second World War, and for half of them, during the Battle of the Bulge. Nearly 6,810 German soldiers are buried in this cemetery, which was inaugurated on 25 September 1960.
a poster with the words land of memory written in black and green on top of it
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The armistice that put an end to the fighting, planned to last 36 days, was signed in Marshal Foch's carriage in Rethondes on November 11 at 5:15 am. For the first time in four years, French and Germans could look at each other without killing each other. Despite the defeat, it is also celebrated by the German population. The war's toll was 18 million dead and maimed. The Versailles peace treaty of June 28, 1919, definitively marked the end of the war, but was not well accepted by Germany.
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Both a civil and religious memorial, it is an architectural and historical marvel offered by the Allies to the city of Liege. It is unique in that it is the only inter-allied homage. This monument overlooks the city and pays tribute to the Belgian resistance during the First World War. The International Foundation of Veterans of 1914-18 chose the city of Liege for this site in 1925 because it was the first city to stand up to the invaders.
the cover of land of memory by verdun and fort douaumont
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Verdun is one of the most important places in terms of defense of the French territory. Two powerful belts of armed forts and shelters surround the city and the underground citadel. The fortified place of Verdun is therefore supposed to protect the French territory from invasion.🛡 The Fort of Douaumont was occupied by the Germans from the beginning of the Battle of Verdun and was used as a base for their offensives.⚔️
an outdoor museum with pictures and other items
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This museum in Sainlez offers an atypical path that tells the story of an Ardennes village in the winter of 1944. The village, occupied by the Germans in December 1944, was burned and destroyed by the bombings, causing many civilian victims. The initiators of this memorial initiative can accompany your visit with their explanations and their unpublished anecdotes.
an image of two soldiers in the background with text that reads, remember museum belgium
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Discover the Remember Museum, a true place of memory, transformed by Marcel who lived through the war as a child. In 1944, the family farm in which Marcel lives is transformed into a large bivouac, which lodged 110 soldiers of the 1st American division. A human museum, made of men and women, where their stories are told. One of the great novelties of the museum are the QR codes in 4 languages.
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Born into a Jewish family of Lorraine origin, Simone Veil was deported to Auschwitz at the age of 16, during the Shoah. Liberated in 1945, she undertook very prestigious studies and obtained high positions never before occupied by a woman. She became famous for her fight for women and her law on the voluntary interruption of pregnancy (abortion). Using her unprecedented popularity, Simone Veil participated in the awareness of the Shoah by the French, she is considered as a heroine.
a small tunnel in the side of a hill surrounded by trees and rocks on a sunny day
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The Bunker Trail is a World War II themed hike which takes you through the Schlinder Valley. The hike leads to the remains of a World War II bunker where time seems to have frozen and where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the villages in the valley.
a book cover with the title'le grand meaulines'in blue and green
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"Le Grand Meaulnes" is often considered as the only novel ever written by Alain Fournier, who died in combat in September 1914. Just published in 1913, it became a classic of teenage reading, and was included in the national education curriculum for a long time.
the monument is surrounded by trees and blue sky
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At 60 meters, the Montfaucon Tower is topped by a statue symbolizing freedom. This magnificent Doric column faces the front line of the First American Army where an offensive began on September 26, 1918. The site of this prestigious monument offers a breathtaking panorama.
an illustration of two women dressed in old fashioned clothing, one holding a clipboard and the other standing next to her
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The war mobilized millions of men throughout Europe. Women were thus obliged to take over to maintain employment, the economy and the health of the countries. At the end of the war, women were finally accepted in engineering schools and occupied positions that were perceived at the time as male. You can find a podcast (and an itinerary) dedicated to women in wartime on our website.
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Fort Flémalle promises a day rich in emotion and history. Visitors can immerse themselves entirely in the atmosphere of the Second World War by exploring the fort with virtual reality headsets.
the town of witz is surrounded by trees
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Wiltz suffered greatly from the German occupation during the Second World War. Therefore, we invite you to take a walk through this Luxembourgish town and discover all its emotional treasures.
the entrance to fort de la charreuse is shown in blue and white text
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Fort de la Chartreuse is an emblem of the city of Liège and the Amercoeur district. Converted into a barracks, then into a prison for Belgian patriots imprisoned by the Germans during WW1 and finally into a military hospital by the American army in 1944, it bears witness to a rich and complex history. A guided tour is organized there. Passionate guides will reveal the secrets and mysteries of the fortress.
an old photo of a man wearing a baseball cap and uniform with writing on it
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"Pity for us, prisoners of war who did not want this, for all of us who were men, and who despair of ever becoming men again". This book gathers a selection of one hundred letters of Poilus addressed to their loved ones during the First World War, particularly during the trench warfare.
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The Battle of the Frontiers was one of the first battles of the First World War. At the end of August 1914, the center of operations on the Western Front moved to the Franco-Belgian border, beginning the “Battle of the Frontiers.” These clashes between German and French troops were very bloody, 15 battles took place from Mercy to Maissin.