Drive down memory lane

Published on November 17, 2015
  • Australian war cemetary

    Australian war cemetary

  • Normandy landscape

    Normandy landscape

  • A poppy field

    A poppy field

  • The Somme war cemetary

    The Somme war cemetary

  • Peugeot 3008

    Peugeot 3008

Drive down memory lane

When you have a country as beautiful as France, it’s hard to visit some of the different regions and imagine the horror that must have occurred there 100 years ago.

In March 1916 the first ANZAC troops began to arrive in France after the bitter campaign that ended in Gallipoli. While many know about what occurred in Turkey, not many people know about the fate those same men and women would then face on the Western Front in France after the German invasion. In April of 1916, the Australian reconnaissance entered the Western Front for the first time.

Flash forward to present day; imagine driving down the motorway after collecting your brand new tax-free Peugeot lease vehicle from Paris, the city of light, with the Eiffel Tower in your rear view mirror, more of France appearing in the horizon and history on your mind. The Remembrance Trail is a fantastic way to learn about the hundreds of thousands of Australians who served in the Great War and see a side of France that is different to the brasseries, vineyards, art museums and Riviera.

Travelling through Northern France and arriving in the Picardy region, here you are greeted with wide open spaces and a place rich in history. Pozieres is a great place to start your journey and is primarily remembered as an Australian battle ground in the First World War. After a fierce battle between German and Australian troops, it eventually resulted in the Australians gaining an advantage when the soldiers captured a length of German trenches. Here stands the 1st and 2nd Australian Division memorial which gives patronage to the thousands whose lives were lost due to artillery fire.

Let your in-built GPS guide you from Pozieres to Villers-Bretonneux. Situated here are the Australian National Memorial and the Franco-Australian Museum which will officially re-open in April 2016 after extensive renovations. The Museum symbolises the close bond forged between Australia and the town, during the battle of April 1918 and the rebuilding of the local school, Victoria College, through donations raised by Victorian school children after the war. 

Not far from Villers-Bretonneux is Peronne and its remarkable museum, The Historical, which is a must-see to learn about the Battle of the Somme. Many visitors are drawn to the poppy-fields in The Somme where so many died in the most savage war in human history. When visiting here it gives you a strong admiration for, and gratitude to, the ANZACs who make us proud to be Australian.

Moving on to the Second World War, a must stop on the Remembrance Trail is the Arromanches-les-Bains, the beaches made historic for the D-Day Landings in 1944. Relive the landings in the museum and walk the beaches where the invasion of Normandy commenced. 

When visiting France, be sure to undertake this incredible journey and explore the history that has assisted in developing the Australia that we know today. With DriveAway’s Peugeot Earlybird deal, you can immerse yourself in this once in a lifetime historical drive. Contact DriveAway Holidays on 1300 723 972 or visit our website at www.driveaway.com.au.

In regards to the recent tragedies that occurred in Paris, DriveAway Holidays wishes to extend our deepest sympathies to the people of France.

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