Welcome to Fromelles & Flanders Battlefield Tours !
My name is Greg Celerse. I live in Lille, at the center of a region that has “experienced” two wars and two occupations. This website is dedicated to all those who died during WW1 and WW2.
The First World War or WW1, also known as the Great war, is renowned for its fierce and bloody battles. Fromelles, for the Australians, is a totally new place of interest. Gallipoli (Turkey) was, so far, the place to go for the Aussies. But there is this tiny Fromelles town, typical of the region called, Les Weppes, that has brought so much attention in the last couple of years. When 250 soldiers (Mainly Australian soldiers) buried in a pit by the Germans, where uncovered by the amazing work of Lambis Englezos and the likes, the French, Australian and British governments worked out to find the best way to provide these chaps with their last resting place. After several years of specific technological works (DNA tests and forensic examination) the town of Fromelles offered the land where the VC Corner cemetery is now located. The 19th of July 2010 marked the 94th anniversary of what is called the battle of Fromelles. A dedication was held and an unknown soldier was buried, with full military honours, in the last cemetery built since the 1960′s.
Ypres and the Flander’s fields are well known for the three Battles fought and also for the famous poem written by John McCrae. Discover Hill 60, Tyne Cot, the biggest Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery in the World. Experience the moving “Last Post” ceremony held every night at 8 pm since the 1920′s at the Menin Gate !
The Second World War is a totally different conflict. There were no trenches war, the combats in our Region did last a month. It is a sequel of the First World War with characters involved in the first conflict and who were leaders between 1940-1944.
Then the occupation and its difficulties for the population of Northern France. Economically but also morally the situation was extremely hard to cope with. A call of hope with the speech of Charles de Gaulle on June 18th, 1940 on the BBC was heard and some French people decided to stand up and fight back the nazi regime.
The French Resistance had to face the German police machinery with the most notorious and infamous Gestapo. Allied pilots tracked by the Germans, Resistants, jewish people, free-masons were tracked down by the nazi police.
In 1944, the Allied landed in Normandy. The end was near ! Boulogne, Arras, Lille were liberated by the Canadian, American and British armies. Dunkirk was the last place to be liberated in 1945 !
Experience both these conflicts in individual, group or scholar tours. If you have an interest in a cemetery in particular, to locate the grave of a relative or if you want to travel to a specific site, (The Somme or Normandy) feel free to contact us. (email@example.com)
You will be collected either at the train station or at your hotel or any other locations in and around Lille. Then enjoy the landscape and the tour.
Fromelles & Flanders Battlefield Tours