Villers-Bretonneux Travel Guide

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Villers-Bretonneux Things to Do

  • Take some ANZAC BISCUITS

    An iconic symbol of the ANZAC Legend is the hard tack biscuit or "tile" which was baked in Australia and issued to Australian and New Zealand soldiers in overseas theatres of war during the Great War. They are a hardy product capable of surviving the rigours of transport and storage in the deplorable WW1 trench living conditions. The product was...

  • Check EasyMalc's Video before your Somme...

    Please look at "Lest We Forget" video on EasyMalc's Belgium Page. It's backed by an Eric Bogle song,"The Green Fields Of France" - the finest anti war song ever written."The Green Fields Of France", performed by Irish Band, The Furey Brothers will have you taking a copy with you to the Somme to play as you drive the Western Front.

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    If you are arriving at these reviews via a search engine, please also read my Villers-Bretonneux General Intro PageClick blue text to link directly... To cut and paste - URL: a comprehensive guide on "How to Plan a Visit to Villers-Bretonneux on ANZAC DAY" and other times -...

  • Visit Musee Franco-Australien

    "N'oublions jamais l'Australie" (Never forget Australia).This museum is housed in the Victoria School very close to the centre of Villers-Bretonneux. It houses WW1 memorabilia of particular interest to Australians. "Victoria" comes from the fact that the school was re-built after WW One, financed by donations from Australian school children living...

  • Photograph a Memorial Inscription

    Photograph a Memorial Inscription or Headstone on behalf of a friend or for your own family.Having successfully researched the location of the inscription or grave site using the available search facilities the next step is to find the locale and mark the location for navigation purposes. Google Earth may be very helpful in providing locations.May...

  • Visit The Australian Corps Memorial...

    The Route de Hamel leads east & north of Villers-Bretonneux to the most recently re-constructed memorial to Australian Diggers at a battle site which marked the turning point of WW1. On July 4th 1918, an Australian planned and commanded battle was so successful it established the pattern of future Allied operations.Office of Australian War Graves...

  • Take Some Rosemary to VB

    The poppy is the symbol of the Western Front. Rosemary evokes Gallipoli where it grows wild on the Peninsula. It is commonly worn as a lapel on Anzac Day. Why not wear both?!! Check out other customs associated with Anzac Day in Australia before you venture forth to celebrations of Anzac Day in overseas' destinations. Check them out even if you are...

  • Visit Australian Memorial

    Visit the Australian War Memorial approx 2 kms north of Villers-Bretonneux. Every year there has been a service here on the Saturday before Anzac Day April 25th.Over 2000 Australian Servicemen are buried or are commemorated here. Prepare yourself to shed a tear or two as you read the inscriptions on the tombstones & read the names on the facade of...

  • Visit Adelaide Cemetery

    At the western edge of Villers-Bretonneux, Adelaide Cemetery has the empty grave of the Unknown Soldier now interred in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Australian War Memorial situated in the National Capital of Australia, Canberra.URL:


Villers-Bretonneux What to Pack

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I was somewhat bemused (embarrassed to be an Australian, actually) to see on the television coverage of the 2008 dawn ANZAC Day service at the Australian Memorial Australian visitors dressed in summer attire more suited to a beach in Oz. Some of the visitors interviewed were obviously distressed - not by the solemn occasion, but by the hypothermia from which they were suffering.
    The temperatures in Northern France in April are cold and near-zero pre-dawn is normal. Rain is likely!!.......The site is exposed to the elements.
    A visit also entails a 300metre walk up a slight rise from the road. Depending upon the time you arrive, the distance from the available car parking space to the entrance of the memorial could be from 300 metres to 3 kms.
    Please don't give the rest of the world the impression that Australians are all ignorant. (service is telecast). Take some warm gear including beanies, gloves, scarfs and a rainproof jacket & folding umbrella. Wear suitable foot wear. Carry water as well.

    Miscellaneous: Please don't take an Australian National Flag to wear like a cape or wrap. - Google "Australian Flag Etiquette "
    You do not need to brand yourself as "Australian"by disrespecting the national flag. If you feel you must - wear green and gold.

    Photographing someone's name on a memorial??
    Take paper poppies and some double sided tape to mark the name before taking the photo.

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Villers-Bretonneux Off The Beaten Path

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    Here is an "extreme" Off The Beaten Path Experience.
    "Extreme" in that the "Path" is a long one - all the way to Queensland, Australia.
    The only example of an original World War One German A7V Tank is housed in the Railway Workshops Museum in Ipswich (25 miles west of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia).
    A visit to see the "Mephisto", as it was named, is a rewarding one - just knowing that one is viewing a unique piece of WW1 equipment & knowing that it was retrieved "under fire" by members of the 26th Battalion (mainly Queenslanders) from a ditch in Momument Wood south of Villers Bretonneux in mid-1918.
    If you cannot visit the Museum before your visit to France, put it on your "must do list" after coming back to Australia.
    check out pedroswift's Ipswich intro page.
    While at Villers visit the Monument Wood. (I have a visit on my 2014 "to do list" - so more info late 2014!).
    While visiting Villers-Bretonneux, check out the model A7V tank in the Museum in the Victoria School in town. see photo 3
    Mephisto at the Museum

    Essential reading for anyone interested in "Mephisto" is the Queensland Museum Guide book number 9 - "A7V Mephisto : the last German First World War tank" . Authors - Gregory Czechura and Jeff Hopkins-Weise.ISBN:9780980569209 (pbk.) $9.95 from Qld Museum.

    photo 1: "Mephisto" under plastic at Railway Museum.
    photo 2: Qld Museum booklet on "Mephisto"
    photo 3: "Mephisto" model in the Musée Australien, VB.

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