There are a few of you that I know of who are still around from the very early days of this website (and thank you so much), and, hopefully, a few more that I am maybe not aware of, but it did occur to me, with the Daily Postcards taking over the site for the moment – yes, there’ll be another in the morning – that even some of you long-timers may not have explored some of the early tours featured here. So to make your life easy, ‘cos you’re a lazy lot, here are a few links that will take you to the first post in seven of the earlier tours, from which links at the end of each post will take you through the complete tour.
The first link will take you to the start of the very first tour I published on this site, and one I had planned on repeating this year for a ‘Ten Years Later’ feature, although I can’t see that happening now. Click here for a complete tour of Ploegsteert Wood.
The Battle of Messines in June 1917 was preceded by the firing of nineteen mines beneath the German front lines, and the next tour takes us across the Messines battlefield,…
…and its flooded mine craters, as we visit the cemeteries in the area. Click here if that’s yer bag.
Zillebeke was the gateway to Hill 60, and the British cemeteries in the area tell the tale of over two years of continuous fighting. We visited a few years ago, and you can take the tour with us by clicking here.
Baldrick and I once took a trip to the Belgian coast, from where we followed the River Yser south as far as Diksmuide, about twelve miles north of Ieper.
The Belgian sector of the front is less visited than the areas to its south, but well worth the effort, as you will find out if you click here. This tour ties in with a later tour of Boesinghe, which can be found here.
The Battle of Fromelles in July 1916 was a catastrophe for the Australians, and we took a trip to the killing fields of northern France a few years back, which included a visit to the newest CWGC cemetery on the Western Front. All is revealed here.
And lastly, a trip to the cemeteries where some of the men who fell in the final months of the war are buried, including one where 161 men lie, the earliest of whom died on 25th October 1918. If that interests you, click here.
Keep safe, people.