France’s Centennial Website can be found at http://centenaire.org/fr. Readers can select which language they want to view it in: French, German or English. They can also select which region of the country to explore by clicking on the region on a map. The regions of Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne cover the Meuse-Argonne.
The author heard about this militaria show a few years ago, but he was first able to attend it this year. It really is a remarkable show, with militaria from a wide range of time periods. Attendance was easily several hundred people, from many countries in Europe. Sellers and buyers came from France, Germany, the Netherlands and who knows where else. The author’s favorite purchase: A porcellan plate “In Grosser Zeit. Weltkrieg 1914-15.” The author’s greatest regret: Not purchasing a map showing the front lines Continue reading →
Unfortunately, the webmaster only found out about this exhibit on his recent trip to France, and it is almost finished. The exposition, Glass in the War, is open on Sundays and on public holidays from 10-12am and 2-6pm until 30 Sept. More information, including an English description can be obtained at this website: www.verre-argonne.org.
The 2014 Tour de France has moved past the Meuse-Argonne and St. Mihiel Sectors, and is now in the Vosges Mountains. In case readers missed it (like the webmaster did due to a medical emergency for his dog), a quick glimpse of the area can be seen on this link: http://www.letour.com/le-tour/2014/us/stage-7.html. In the video’s 34 seconds readers get a quick glimpse of Vauquois Hill, the Ossuaire of Douaumont, the American St. Mihiel Memorial at Montsec and Fort Douaumont.
Interested in the Great War and can’t get “Over There” this Summer? Watch the Tour de France. Continue reading →