Monday, September 5, 2011

Pierre’s Photo Impressions of the Western Front



If you are planning a visit to the battlefields of the Western Front then this website (Pierre’s Photo Impressions of the Western Front) has to be your starting point.  It combines contemporary material (pictures, aerial photographs, and trench map extracts) with photographs of how the various Western Front battlefields appear today along with enough text to place the various battlefields in context and help you navigate around them.  The amount of material available can appear a little daunting and at times same’ish’, and you may find that navigating round the site can at times be frustrating but you would do well to persevere, it is a veritable ‘GOLD MINE’.



The ‘Quick links’ page (probably the best starting point) takes you to the first page in your selected region (e.g. ‘ALSACE VOSGES’ takes you to ‘Col du Bonhomme’).  You can then navigate sequentially through the pages using the next link at the bottom of the page (a bit of a pain).  Alternatively from the menu labelled ‘Rubrieken’ on the left hand side of the webpage select the region you are interested in, this will take you to a summary page/s illustrating the place/s covered within the region you selected.



‘Rubrieken’
‘Logs’



Once on this summary page you will see that the menu labelled ‘Logs’ (under the ‘Rubrieken’ menu) will list the place/s covered by your ‘Rubrieken’ selection.  Simply select the place you are interested in to navigate to it.



Listed below are the region categories Pierre has used on his site along with a list of the places covered within each region:




Chemin des Dames




Zillisheim, Illfurth, Largitzen, Pfetterhouse




Col du Bonhomme, Col de Mandray, Tête de Faux - Buchenkopf, Col du Wettstein - Schratzmännele, Lingekopf - le Linge, Kleinkopf - Barrenkopf, Hohrodberg-Giragoutte-Trois Epis, Reichackerkopf, Munster Valley, Petit Ballon, Le Tanet - Bichtstein - Villa Sidi-Brahim, Route des Crêtes, Hartmannswillerkopf - Vieil Armand, Guebwiller - Rimbach - Hirzstein, Moosch Nécropole Nationale




Tête du Violu - Bernhardstein, Chaume de Lusse - Haute de Faîte, Ban de Sapt - La Fontenelle, Senones - la Roche Mère Henry, Col de la Chipotte - de la Chapelotte, Avricourt - Leintrey (Lorraine) - Reillon - Montreux - Parux, Montreux German Front Walk




Mort Homme Côte 304, Montfaucon- Romagne s/s Montfaucon, Butte de Vauquois, Haute Chevauchée, l'Abri du Kronprinz - the Crown Prince’s Bunker




Neuve Chapelle - Richebourg, La Targette - Cabaret Rouge, Notre Dame de Lorette, Loos, Aubers Ridge - Fromelles, Arras, Wellington Quarry, Vimy Ridge, Lichfield Crater




The area between Bapaume and Cambrai




St. Hilaire, le Grand Russian Cmty, Mont Navarin, Sommepy, Mont de Blanc Mont, La Main des Massiges




Verberie, Néry, Villers, Cotterêts, First Battle of the Marne Locations, Belleau Wood - Château Thierry, Second Battle of the Marne Locations




Les Eparges Ridge, Calonne Trenches, Apremont Forest Trenches, Butte de Montsec, Rémenauville Lost Village, Fort Troyon




Auchonvillers, Mine Craters Lochnagar and Hawthorn, Thiepval Memorial, Mouquet Farm, Thiepval Wood, Ovillers La Boiselle, Hawthorn Ridge, Beaumont Hamel, Redan Ridge, Newfoundland Memorial Park, Serre - Hébuterne, Sheffield Memorial Park Serre, Gommecourt, Fricourt Deutsche Kriegsgräberstatte, Contalmaison, Mametz Wood, Trones Wood, Montauban, Guillemont, Caterpillar Valley, Longueval, High Wood Longueval, Delville Wood Longueval, Pozières, Martinpuich, le Sars Butte de Warlencourt, Flers Gueudecourt, Adanac Canadian Cmty, Mireaumont




Bouchavesnes, Rancourt Cimetière National, Rancourt Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof, Dompierre - Becquincourt Fay Soyécourt, Flaucourt Biaches




The Citadel, Thiaumont - PC 118 & 119 - A 320, Road To Fort Douaumont, Fort de Douaumont, Douaumont Nécropole Nationale, Côte Froideterre - Les 4 Chéminées, Fort de Souville, Fort de Vaux, Tunnel de Tavannes Fort, La Voie Sacrée, Bois des Caures - Col. Driant's C.P., Flabas German Reprisals Camp, Camp Marguerre, Duzey German 380mm Artillery Base, Destroyed Villages Bezonvaux - Ornes, Azannes I & II Soldatenfriedhof: Romagne-sous-les-Côtes - Damvillers - La Grande Montagne USA Memorial - Consenvoye




Menin Road, Railway Wood, Hill 62, Sanctuary Wood, Hooge, Clapham Junction, Zandvoorde Bunker, Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke, Zillbeke, Hill 60, Hollebeke, Lankhof Farm Bunkers, Messines Ridge, Pilkem Ridge, Boezinge, Essex Farm, Ziegler Bunker, Langemark, Poelkapelle, St. Juliaan, Passchandaele Ridge, Wijtschaete, Mount Kemmel, Lettenberg Bunkers, Ploegsteert Wood




Nieuport, Ramskapelle, Pervijze, Stuijvekenskerke, Diksmuide, Trench of Death, Leke, Vladslo, Houthulst

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