Western Front Pt 2, Champagne-Marne.

The first day of the tour first saw us off to see the Cathedral at Reims, this was heavily shelled during the war and was also used as a hospital.

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Battle damage that is still visible today.

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Next up we moved on to were the French attacked at Mourmelon in 1915 and then again in 1917.

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This picture is taken from the French memorial in the centre of the plains which the French forces crossed to attack the German positions on the high ground in the distance, before going on this trip a didn’t really grasp how open some of these areas are, a real eye opener.

The French Memorial.

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Next up we went to a couple of cemetery’s one which had French, Polish and German graves and another unique Russian one which contained a Chapel.

German graves.

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Russian Chapel and graves.

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We than went off for some lunch before moving onto are next stop the small Champagne-Marne Museum at Suippes.

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While we were at Suippes we also got to see the memorial of some French NCO’s who were court marshalled and then shot to make an example of, pretty shocking really.

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Next up was Navarin Farm which contains a large memorial and an area were you can still see the shell holes from the heavy fighting that took place here.

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Shell holes.

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Are final place to visit on day one was the US memorial at Blanc Mont, when we got there it was covered in scaffolding as there doing some major repair work on it but we did get to see some of trenches and shell holes from the 1918 Sommepy fighting.

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Well that was the first day done, back to base camp in Reims for some nosh and a good nights sleep ready for the off on day two.

Cheers, Steve.

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