WW1 Battlefields in France

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From the remains of the Somme battlefields to those of Verdun and beyond, the World War One Battlefields in France tell of the terrible cost of the First World War. Today, the WW1 battlefields in France can be explored independently or with organised tours of these WWI battlefields, and there are a number of interesting and moving places to visit.

The devastating nature of this terrible conflict was witnessed throughout the war along the Western Front, with huge armies dug into the muddy fields of France and set-piece advances involving hundreds of thousands of men bringing huge loss of life, often for little gain. Today, visitors to the WW1 Battlefields in France can experience recreations in museums, explore the surviving trench works and visit memorials and cemeteries to those who died.

There’s a diverse selection of WW1 Battlefields in France and you can plan some interesting places to see on your travels in France by browsing our selection. Some of the best known World War One battlefields in France include the Lochnagar Crater, Louvemont, the Newfoundland Memorial and of course the battlefields of the Somme. Beyond these sites, and beyond the WW1 Battlefields in France themselves, a number of other interesting places can be explored to find out more about this devastating conflict.

Once you’ve explored the WWI Battlefields in France you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan out your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook, which you can take with you as you examine these WW1 battlefield sites.

Our database of WW1 Battlefields in France is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other World War One battlefields in France, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.

WW1 Battlefields in France: Site Index

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Aisne-Marne American Cemetery

The Aisne-Marne American Cemetery is a US World War I cemetery and the site of the Battle of Belleau Wood, one of many US WW1 Battlefields in France.

Aisne-Marne American Cemetery is a World War I cemetery on the site of the Battle of Belleau Wood, which took place from 1 June to 26 June 1918. The Battle of Belleau Wood saw American marines stop the German army from crossing the Marne River, halting their progress and securing the... Read More

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Chateau-Thierry American Monument

The Chateau-Thierry American Monument is a World War I American memorial and among the American WWI Battlefields in France.

The Chateau-Thierry American Monument, sometimes known as the Hill 204 Monument, commemorates those American soldiers who fought in the region during World War I, such as those who took part in the Second Battle of the Marne. Overlooking the River Marne, the granite structure of the Chateau-Thierry American Monument is a... Read More

Cimetière Chinois de Nolette

Cimetière Chinois de Nolette is a French World War One memorial site to the Chinese workers who contributed to the war effort. While not one of the actual WW1 Battlefields in France, it is an interesting World War One site.

Cimetière Chinois de Nolette or the Nolette Chinese Cemetery in France is the burial place of 849 Chinese workers who died during World War One. Brought by the British from the colonies to help build the military infrastructure, most of these workers died from an outbreak of cholera. Cimetière Chinois de... Read More

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Douaumont Ossuary

The Douaumont Ossuary commemorates fallen soldiers from the Battle of Verdun. It holds the bones of 130,000 French and German soldiers who fell in the WW1 battlefields of France.

The Douaumont Ossuary in Verdun, France, is a memorial site to the soldiers who died whilst fighting in the Battle of Verdun during the First World War. The Battle of Verdun was one of the fiercest during World War One, lasting from 21 February 1916 to December 1916 and resulting... Read More

Dunkirk Cemetery and Memorial

The Dunkirk Cemetery and Memorial commemorate the commonwealth troops that fought there in both World Wars in the WW2 and WW1 battlefields in France.

The Dunkirk Cemetery and Memorial are located near the site where hundreds of thousands of allied troops were evacuated as part of Operation Dynamo – the historic campaign to rescue cut off troops from advancing German forces during World War II. Dunkirk had also played an important role as an... Read More

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Etaples Military Cemetery

The Etaples Military Cemetery is a commonwealth cemetery built on the former site of a WW1 military hospital.

The Etaples Military Cemetery stands on the former site of a vast military hospital complex used by the Allies during the First World War. At its height, over 100,000 troops would have been camped here, either in training from the front or receiving treatment for wounds sustained. The hospitals themselves could... Read More

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Fort Douaumont

Fort Douaumont was one of the strongest, most state of the art forts in France at the time of the First World War. However, in 1916, it was destroyed during the Battle of Verdun and today it lies as one of many ruined First World War Battlefields in France.

Fort Douaumont (Fort de Douamont) was originally constructed in around 1885 following the Franco-Prussian wars, with ongoing works carried out until just before the First World War. As a fully fortified structure with sophisticated weaponry and a sunken position on high ground, Fort Douaumont was considered to be a vital defensive... Read More

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Fort Vaux

Fort Vaux was a French fortress occupied by the Germans in the Battle of Verdun. It is one of many surviving WW1 Battlefields in France.

Fort Vaux or 'Fort De Vaux', located just outside Verdun, was a nineteenth century defensive structure which was fiercely defended by French forces during the Battle of Verdun in World War One. It was the second such fort to be captured after the nearby Fort Douaumont. The soldiers refused to abandon... Read More

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Historial de la Grande Guerre

Historial de la Grande Guerre is a museum near the site of the Battle of the Somme and focused on the social effects of World War I. A useful and interesting stop while exploring the WW1 Battlefields of France.

Historial de la Grande Guerre (the Museum of the Great War) in Peronne, France is dedicated to exploring the social and cultural effects of the First World War. Based near the site of the Battle of the Somme, Historial de la Grande Guerre offers an in-depth insight into World War... Read More

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Le P’tit Train de la Haute Somme

Le P’tit Train de la Haute Somme is a reconstruction of the supply line used by allied forces in France during World War I which would have served the WWI Battlefields in France.

Le P’tit Train de la Haute Somme (the Somme train line) is a reconstruction of the original train line used to transport supplies to and from the battlefield during the Battle of the Somme in World War I. Le P’tit Train de la Haute Somme still operates today as a tourist... Read More

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Lochnagar Crater

The Lochnagar Crater is a large indentation in the earth in France where one of the explosions was set off which signalled the start of the Battle of the Somme. It is one of the most dramatic WW1 Battlefields in France.

The Lochnagar Crater (Lochnagar Mine Crater) located in the village of La Boisselle in France’s Picardie region, is the site where one of the first explosions of the Battle of the Somme took place on 1 July 1916. Set off by British forces at 7:28am, the mine which created the Lochnagar... Read More

Louvemont

Louvemont was once a French village, unoccupied since the Battle of Verdun, World War One. It is a poignant example of the World War One Battlefields in France.

Louvemont near Bras-Sur-Meuse in France, was once a small French village. However, when the Battle of Verdun broke out in 1916, Louvemont became one of the “villages that died for France”. It was so badly damaged by war that Louvemont was never again occupied, becoming a ghost of its past. Very... Read More

Newfoundland Memorial

The Newfoundland Memorial represents the best surviving trench system from WWI and commemorates the efforts of the 1st Battalion of the Canadian Newfoundland Regiment. It is amongst the best preserved WW1 Battlefields in France.

The Newfoundland Memorial, located in the town of Beaumont-Hamel in France’s Picardie region is a commemoration of the Canadian forces’ efforts during the First World War, particularly the Battle of the Somme. The Battle of the Somme was made up of a series of battles in this region of France and,... Read More

Pozieres

Pozieres was the site of a major battle between Allied and German forces in 1916 during the First World War, forming the first part of the Battle of the Somme and is one of many surviving WW1 Battlefields in France.

Pozieres in France was the site of the Battle of Pozieres in World War I. Starting in the summer of 1916, the Battle of Pozieres was the first of numerous battles together known as The Battle of the Somme. Before the battle, the village of Pozieres was a vital strategic... Read More

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Somme battlefields

The Somme battlefields in France are a series of sites where the Battle of the Somme was fought during World War I. They are among the most famous WW1 Battlefields in France.

The Circuit of Remembrance is a route touring the Somme battlefields in France. The Battle of the Somme was an infamous First World War battle from July to November 1916, renowned for the controversial tactics employed by British forces and the exceptional number of casualties borne by the Allied forces. A... Read More

The Chapel of the Souvenir Francais

The Chapel of the Souvenir Francais is a memorial to French soldiers who fought in the Battle of the Somme, one of the most well-known WW1 Battlefields in France.

The Chapel of the Souvenir Francais is a memorial church to the French soldiers who fought in the First World War, particularly the Battle of the Somme. It was originally founded by the du Bos family, who lost their son in the battle on 25 September 1916 and who wanted... Read More

The Franco Australian Museum

The Franco Australian Museum in the Picardie region of France explores the contributions and experiences of Australian troops during World War I. An interesting stop to take while exploring the WW1 Battlefields of France.

The Franco Australian Museum in Villers-Bretonneux in France is one of the sites along the route dedicated to First World War history, known as the Circuit of Remembrance. The Franco Australian Museum looks at the role played by Australian forces during the World War I. A small museum based on the... Read More

The Somme 1916 Museum

The Somme 1916 Museum explores the realities of the First World War Battle of the Somme and outlines the WWI Battlefields of France.

The Somme 1916 Museum is part of the Circuit of Remembrance, a tour of the Picardie region of France dedicated to the Battle of the Somme. The Battle of the Somme was one of the most brutal battles of the First World War. Based in a former crypt in the town... Read More

Ulster Memorial Tower

The Ulster Memorial Tower in France is a memorial to the men of Ulster who fought and gave their lives during World War I. A lesser-known but interesting place to visit while exploring the WW1 Battlefields of France.

The Ulster Memorial Tower in Thiepval in France is a 70-foot high stone structure built as a memorial to the men of Ulster who fought and gave their lives during World War I. The first memorial to be built on the Western Front, the Ulster Memorial Tower is a... Read More

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Verdun Memorial

The Verdun Memorial is a comprehensive museum of the Battle of Verdun and a memorial to fallen soldiers set in the Verdun battlefield, one of the most famous WW1 Battlefields in France.

The Verdun Memorial (Mémorial de Verdun) is both a memorial site and a museum located in the Verdun Battlefield in France. The Battle of Verdun was a fierce clash between French and German forces in 1916 during the First World War which resulted in hundreds of thousands of casualties. The Verdun... Read More

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Vis-En-Artois Cemetery

Vis-En-Artois Cemetery is a First World War burial site in France’s Pas de Calais region.

Vis-En-Artois Cemetery is a burial site of Canadian and British soldiers who died in the First World War located between the villages of Vis-En-Artois and Haucourt. Canadian forces took these villages in August 1918 and Vis-En-Artois Cemetery, which originally held 430 graves belonging to fallen Canadian soldiers and some from the... Read More