Guides and other participants in the Somme Battlefields Partner network

A unique network in France, made up of passionate and inspiring tourism professionals!

These passionate and committed hosts, restaurateurs, tourist offices, visitor sites, guides, taxis, and merchants offer a warm and quality welcome throughout the year. They have a deep knowledge of the battlefields and history of the First World War, and can advise you on aspects not to be missed, discoveries off the beaten track, and will share tips and addresses, and provide you with the full range of tourist documents on the subject. Several British citizens have chosen to come and settle in the Somme area, and manage a guesthouse or work as a guide. It should be noted that all of these Britons, without exception, had a relative in their family who came to fight here.

2007creation of the network
1sthospitality network
17qualified guides
140professionals

The Somme Battlefields Partner network certifies guides for the Somme battlefields and ensures quality of guiding at all levels: standard of knowledge and compliance with regulations in force.

Individually or in groups, for a day or half-day, in your vehicle or their minibus, they will guide you around the Somme’s major historical locations.

To experience the battlefields, there is a full range of options:

By horse and cart (Le Hamel) or on horseback (near Villers Bretonneux or Englebelmer), of course on foot but well equipped with a dedicated guidebook, by aeroplane (with the Albert Méaulte or Picardie/Amiens Métropole flying clubs), by gyroplane, bicycle, taxi, passenger vehicle with driver or even 4X4... You are spoiled for choice, with a stimulating trip always awaiting you!

Here is the list of guides for the Somme Battlefields network

 

The eastern area of the Somme and its battlefields are poppy country par excellence. It is the equivalent of the cornflower for the French, a symbol commemorating all wars.

Each time they visit our land, they honour their departed with paper poppies on a very simple wooden support. But what is its origin?

In 1915, Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian medical officer, wrote a famous poem titled “In Flanders Fields” on the death of his friend killed at Ypres, who was buried in a makeshift grave marked with a simple wooden cross, with wild poppies growing between the rows of graves. This poem would become the symbol of the sacrifice of Commonwealth soldiers. In fact, the poppy was the first flower to grow back on the ravaged earth of the battlefields, and its red colour is reminiscent of spilled blood!

The battle’s total losses are estimated at 1.2 million men, including 420,000 in the British camp and more than 200,000 French. On the German side, 450,000 soldiers were put out of action. The Battle of the Somme was the deadliest confrontation of the Great War. For comparison, the Battle of Verdun left 750,000 killed, wounded and missing...

To end on a more optimistic note, we’ll tell you the story of the “Rose de Picardie”. It came about in 1916 from the meeting between a British soldier resting behind the front, and a resident of the Somme (from the village of Warloy-Baillon). Struck by the contrast between the terrible fighting and the quiet vision of this woman taking care of her roses, the soldier decided to write a poem, a real hymn to peace and love. Two years later the text would be taken up by English composer Haydn Wood, and was then translated into French and underwent various interpretations, including those by Sydney Bechet, Yves Montand, and Tino Rossi…

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