World War I Memorials
France is filled with opportunities to visit and remember the past as it was a focal point in both World War I and World War II. There are a number of significant museums and battlefield memorials in different regions of the country. Each of these sites are there to memorialise different events of the wars. One of the most popular sites for Australians is the Australian National Museum in Villers-Brettoneux .
The museum focuses on the Australian heroes who lost their lives during the battles in 1916 and 1918. This site is mostly visited during Anzac Day, a day to commemorate all Australians who served and lost their lives in any war, conflict, and peacekeeping operations.
Another popular war memorial to visit is the Somme Battlefield. The battle of Somme was one of the bloodiest of World War I. Fought in Northern France in 1916, this was a 5-month long battle of attrition on a 15-mile stretch in an attempt by the French to weaken the German army.
World War II Memorials
One of the most popular sites is Normandy where Allied forces landed during World War II on D-Day.
The Normandy landing was very important in history for numerous reasons. For one, it is the largest seaborne invasion ever done. And it marked the beginning of the liberation of German-occupied France. This will eventually lead to the liberation of Europe and surrender of Germany.
Thousands of soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice on that day of 6 June 1944 on the beach of Normandy. Tourists can visit these landing sites on Normandy beach day tours in order to pay their respects to those who fell in battle and learn more about that day.
Visit Pointe du Hoc which overlooks both the Omaha and Utah beaches which were stormed by the American Rangers. Omaha in particular was a bloody battle with heavy casualties for the Americans due to the high cliffs giving the German defence a great vantage point. These battles have also become very popular due to the dramatic re-enactment of it by films such as “Saving Private Ryan” and television series “Band of Brothers”.
Today, the beach is the location of a memorial to the troops who died during that day along with an American Cemetery, a chapel, and the Garden of the Missing dedicated to those who were never found again.
Battlefield tours can be very emotional as you get to learn what the soldiers had to go through during the time of war. It gives visitors a glimpse of what it was like. But at the end of the day, it is a rewarding experience overall as you get to pay your respects and have a better appreciation of what these brave men and women fought for.
If you want to visit these memorials to pay your respects and learn about history, then reach out to our French travel specialists at 1300 858 304 or email email@example.com