Centennial Organizations for the U.S. and France

The United States World War One Centennial Commission     

Mission Centenaire ’14 – ’18     

In the “en France” section readers can filter by region.


Research and Preservation Organizations

Deutsches Erinnerungskomitee Argonnerwald eV (DEA)     

(German Remembrance Committee of the Argonne Forest)

Active in exploring, documenting and restoring sites in the Argonne Forest.

Les Amis de Vauquois et de sa region (Les Amis)           

(The Friends of Vauquois)     

This group maintains and offers monthly tours in the tunnels at Vauquois Hill.

The World War 1 Historical Association     

Combination of the WFA—US Branch and The Great War Society

Western Front Association     

Western Front Association—East Coast Branch (USA)               No longer has a website?


War Grave Associations

American Battle Monuments Commission     

Le Souvenir Français     

Le Souvenir Francais–Dun-sur-Meuse Chapter     

The Dun Chapter is very active in local commemorations and it operates a “Maison de l’histoire” in Doulcon.

Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge eV     

Commonwealth War Graves Commission     


Museums and Preserved Areas in the Region

Romagne 14-18—Private Collection     

Musee de la Grand Guerre              http://

(in Meaux, near Paris)

Arthur S. Tozar Museum:  American Historical Center     

(Still in planning stage?)

14-18 Nantillois     

Small museum and B&B in Nantillois.

La Main de Massiges     

Wonderfully-preserved French-German 1915 battlefield in the Champagne, just east of the Argonne Forest.


Museums in the U.S.

National WW1 Museum at Liberty Memorial     

Kansas City, MO

First Division Museum at Cantigny     

Wheaton, IL

Library of Congress Site:  Newspaper Pictorials:  World War 1 Rotogravures     

Library of Congress:  A Guide to World War I Materials


Maps for Touring and Driving

Institut de L’information Géographique et Forestiére (IGN)     

(France’s National Geographic Institute.)

Their Série Bleue (Blue Series) maps (1:25,000 scale) are absolutely essential for stomping the battlefields.


Their 500-Series maps are (1:200,000 scale) are absolutely essential for driving in France.  Three maps will get tourists to the Argonne:  #514 Ile-de-France; #515 Champagne-Ardenne; #516 Alsace, Lorraine.

Great War Digital     

A very unique computer-based product that allows users to switch between current maps and period trench maps.  This product covers most of the Commonwealth portion of the Western Front and some of the French battlefields.  At present, it does not yet cover the American portions.

Perry Castaneda Library Map Collection     

This map collection of the University of Texas, Austin contains the supplementary folding maps from the book series “Summary of Operations in the World War” published in 1944 by the American Battle Monuments Commission.  It also contains links to the full text scans of the books.




Tourist, Hotel and Restaurant Guides

Department of the Meuse Tourist Office    

Readers can also download brochures and documents such as restaurant and lodging guides.

Gîtes de France     

Website for Vacation Rental Properties.  Gites are ideal for guests travelling to the region for more than a few days.  For bookings in the Meuse-Argonne and St. Mihiel regions one should look for gites in the following Departements:  Ardennes–08, Marne–51 and Meuse–55.

It should be noted that many Chambres d’hotes (B&Bs) are listed on this website.  Thus, it is a good place to look for B&Bs as well.

Michelin Hotel and Restaurant Guide     

Verdun Tourist Pages          


Hotels and Chambres d’hotes (B&Bs) in the Region

This listing has been expanded in March 2018 in advance of the coming Centennial Commemorations.

Hôtel du Commerce, Aubreville     

Quaint hotel and restaurant situated a few towns south of the 26 September 1918 jump-off lines.  The Webmaster has been staying with Laurent et Patricia Labrosse almost always since 1997, so it is his “home away from home”–when he is not renting a gite.  However, guests should speak at least the basic tourist French–i.e. be able to order a meal and a room., Aprémont-en-Argonne     

Very popular hotel, restaurant and caterer in Aprémont, just outside of the Argonne Forest.  The Webmaster has eaten here several times; but has never stayed here.  However, many of his European friends stay here.

Le Tulipier, Vienne-le-Chateau     

The Webmaster has never stayed here, but several clients and friends have.  The ABMC and other groups often use this hotel because of its larger size and slightly more American feel.

Les Jardins du Mess, Verdun     

There are many hotel alternatives in Verdun; but this is the most “American-like,” so it could be good for travelers who are used to staying at “nicer” hotels in the U.S.  It is in a great location to walk to restaurants and shops, and it has a unique history:  The building was a French Officers’ Club until around 2014.  It was even mentioned in Alistair Horne’s “The Price of Glory.”  It is not a “budget” choice.

LeCoq D’or Bar and Chambres d’Hôtes, Montfaucon     

Bar and B&B in Montfaucon run by a Belgian.  English is spoken and the location (Montfaucon) can’t be beat.  Marc Calluy, the owner, has quite a collection of artifacts from the battlefields.

14-18 Nantillois, Nantillois     

Small museum and B&B in Nantillois run by Didi and Maarten Otte of the Netherlands.  Maarten has written several books on the Meuse-Argonne battlefield and he is a tour guide as well.

Chambres d’Hôtes Arara, Montfaucon     

B&B in Montfaucon with pool table and a handicapped accessible room on first floor.  Good for those who have reduced physical ability.  Again, English is spoken and the location (Montfaucon) can’t be beat.

Two Wheel Moorings, Dun-sur-Meuse     

B&B in Dun-sur-Meuse operated by British couple Carol and Ian Moore.  They cater primarily to motor bikers, but they also have an interest in WW1 in the region.  Friends and clients of the Webmaster have enjoyed staying there.  At the time of this writing (March 2018) the owners are looking to sell the B&B; but they will be operating through 2018.

Hattonchatel Chateau, Hattonchatel     

Upscale hotel / restaurant in the old chateau in Hattonchatel.  This location is especially fitting for those interested in the Yankee or First Divisions and the St. Mihiel Offensive.  The Webmaster had a client who stayed there.

Chateau des Monthairons, (S of Verdun)     

Upscale hotel / restaurant in the old chateau at Les Monthairons, south of Verdun.  Friends who have stayed there have said that it is very beautiful, but also very secluded.


Book Dealers—For Locating Regimental Histories, Biographies, Etc.     

Zentrales Verzeichnis Antiquarischer Bücher     

Regiments & Divisonsgeschichten des 1. Weltkrieges auf CD Rom     

Patrick Schallert’s source for German regimental histories on CD Rom.


Also a good and often inexpensive alternative.  Also look on the foreign sites such as and


U.S. Military Websites

U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center     

From the Army’s USAHEC in Carlisle, PA

U.S. Army Medical Department, Office of Medical History

E-book:  “The Medical Department of the United States Army in the World War, Volume VIII Field Operations


Personal Websites

The Doughboy Center     

A section of Trenches on the Web.

Expedition Hartmannsweilerkopf 1914-1918     

German Detlef Bussat’s webpage on Hartmannsweilerkopf in WW1.

Militärgeschichte zum Anfassen  (Military History to Touch)     

German Markus Klauer’s webpage.  He is a long-term friend and a very knowledgeable battlefield guide.


German Stefan Schweitzer’s webpage / blog.  Covers the Argonne, Verdun and St. Mihiel Salient.

Pierre’s Photo Impressions of the Western Front 1914-1918     

Stenay 14-18     

Alain Cesarini’s website on Stenay during the war.

Tom Morgan’s Hellfire Corner.  Great War Web Pages.     

Trenches on the Web     

An Unfortunate Region     

Battlefield-oriented website produced by two Dutchmen.

Verdun—Eine Schlacht im Weltkrieg     

Michael Prisille’s and Oliver Scheer’s Verdun page.  Offers comments and details on the battles as well as helpful tourist information.

Verdun–mon site  (My site)     

Alain Cesarini’s site on Verdun.

War Untold:  The Collection of Andrew Pouncey     

Andrew Pouncey’s website that combines his years of collecting memorabilia with the stories behind the artifacts.


Latest update:  9 February, 2017

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