France along with many other countries in Europe and throughout the world have been affected by wars throughout their history. France has been at the forefront of many wars throughout its history and due to this reason, it is a haven for war and history buffs to visit, both due to the many monuments located throughout the country and the many battlefields and historic locations throughout the country. Many places remain that can be visited form mansions in france used by the Nazis to palaces lived in by Napoleon there is history for everyone.
Although war and their aftermath will always be controversial the fact remains they happened, and the locations of these events are both interesting and intriguing both to academics and amateurs who have connections or have read about history. Due to this, there are a few countries which will always be important to these aspects of history and franchise one of them. Here we have looked at several locations associated with a few different wars in Frances history. We will look at why they are important and how it might be possible for you to visit these locations.
Schoenenbourg Maginot Line Fort:
This fort was one of a series built by France after world war one to stop any future German invasions. These forts and other underground tunnels were built along the German and French border and were designed to last continued assault.
This fort especially contained food and weapons stocks and its own water and electricity supply. Following WWII, it remained in use until the mid-1980’s due to the cold war and a number of other political reasons. When it fell into disrepair local councils took it upon themselves to restore the remains of the fortifications and later open it up to the public.
The sight of huge death and destruction during the first world war is now quite a beautiful location in which it is hard to believe that over a million soldiers lost their lives during the enormous battle. There are many tours which will take you to some of the most important locations on the battlefield or you can stroll around the area yourself. As not much remains of the fortifications or the battle itself, it Is hard to comprehend the events which took place here, though it is still hugely important to events which took place in Europe in the years after the war.
The region of Piccadilly where the battles occurred can be easily reached by car from Paris as it is located just North of the city. There are several towns in the area in which you can glean some history of the area and the battles and here would also be some of the starting points for the tours.
The site of one of the many atrocities carried out by the Nazis in world war two. The town of Oradour-Sur-Glane was almost destroyed in 1944 and over 600 residents killed. The ruins remain as a reminder of the events of the war and they are now protected by French law, although tours are permitted in the area. A museum has been built at a distance away from the ruins so as not to disturb the area
Survivors of the town rebuilt the town a few miles away as they were not able to return to the site of this incident. The ruins can be reached from the larger town of Limoges which is serviced by several airlines.
Arguably the most important battlefield in recent French history the Normandy beaches were the science of the D-day landings on the 6h of June 1944. They marked a turning point in the western side of the war in ww2 as allied forces began to push from the west. The beaches now contain many memorials to the events of that day and there are a few remnants of the battlefield which can be explored.
The surrounding areas contain many museums, exhibits and tours which you can take. The cemeteries of the fallen soldiers on both sides of the war can also be seen on a trip to the areas with tours organised among these as well.
You can reach Normandy in up to two hours from Paris y car and there are also ferry and train services available. It may be possible to organise a tour from Paris through your accommodation or a travel agency.
Arc de triumph:
Located along the famous Champs Elysee is probably the largest and most famous war artefact located in France. Located in the capital of Paris this monument was probably on you to see list even without its connections to Napoleon and the first world war. Its construction as ordered by Napoleon to commemorate the soldiers lost in the Napoleonic wars.
It contains many engravings of battles and events throughout the wars. Its construction took over 30 years and later the tomb of the unknown soldier was added to comfort the lives lost in both world wars. Even for those without an interest in history, this will surely be a location you visit on a trip to Paris.
Although a sombre subject these places are hugely important to world history and to France in particular. Take your time to appreciate the significance and impact of each location in history. Some places will be of interest to you, while others may not be, but they are all worth a visit.