As an historian WW1 has fascinated me for 40 years, it is not my specialism, but it holds my keen interest. This is not an historical tour nor something of grim rememberance. This is a personal reflection of that war, what it meant, what is there now
and why we should never forget.
Why is it such a fascination to so many people?
I think the awfulness of it is so difficult to comprehend. There must be hardly one family in Western Europe that has not had a loss in their history from the Great
war. It shaped our lives, our families, our nations.
The pages in this section are a brief tour of those battlefields of the western front, a front line barely 250 miles long, where for four years over 13 and a half million men (and a lot of women)
were killed or wounded.