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Publications for the Centenary

The Somme Departmental Council and Somme Tourisme have published a selection of brochures entirely dedicated to the centenary of the First World War. Distributed throughout the Somme, these informative brochures help the visitor learn more about the area. They are available, free of charge, in most of the Somme's visitor centres, tourist offices and museums.


The Guide, Sites of the First World War

Sites de la Première Guerre mondiale, le guide

The Guide to the Sites of the First World War is the perfect guide book to accompany you on your journey through the Somme. It contains both historical information and all the useful information you need to make the most of your visit. It can be found in French and in English in all of the tourist offices and visitor centres of the Somme, or you can click on the link below to view online!

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The Remembrance Trail Leaflet

This leaflet is a much smaller version of the Sites of the First World War guide book. It provides an overview of the Somme Remembrance Trail, an itinerary that links major sites of remembrance from Péronne to Albert.  The new edition has been written in four languages: French, English, German and Dutch, and was made possible by European funding in the context of the Interreg IVA “Great War Between the Lines” programme.

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The Programme of Events for the Centenary of the Great War in the Somme

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The Department's Programme of Events was first published in January 2014. A new edition is released every six months and lists all the commemorative events that will be taking place in the Somme during the coming period. It can be found in all tourist offices and visitor centres in the Somme or can be viewed online (click on the link below). For more information about commemorative events in the Somme, please visit our online programme.

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In addition to these brochures and to better highlight the battlefield destination, Somme Tourisme has also been associated with publishing houses including Bradt, Hachette, Michelin and Gallimard.

Somme Tourisme has been working with Bradt, which has brought out a new travel guide written especially for the centenary of the Great War entitled “World War 1 Battlefields: A Travel Guide to the Western Front”. It covers the battlefields from the Nord-Pas-de-Calais to the Somme and the Aisne. Various themes are covered in the guidebook including the sites of remembrance, museums, major First World War centenary events and a focus on the heroes of the Great War; it also features a map of the Western Front. This new guide, co-financed as part of the European “Great War between the Lines” programme, is an excellent reference book for visiting the battlefields.


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Publications for the Centenary

Inspired by the national flowers of remembrance - the poppy for the British and Commonwealth countries, the cornflower for the French and the forget-me-not for the Germans - the 'Association Picarde des Parcs et Jardins' created the "Rose Somme 2016" for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. In celebration of its first anniversary, the Rose Somme 2016 is now in full bloom at the Elysée Palace.

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On Monday 25th April 2016, the 101st anniversary of ANZAC Day was commemorated at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux. Take a look at  some of the photos of this very moving event.

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