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“Puts it all into perspective” 5 of 5 stars
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Australian War Memorial
Villers-Bretonneux, France
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Owner description: The memorial is the Australian National Memorial erected to commemorate all Australian soldiers who fought in France and Belgium during the First World War, to their dead, and especially to name those of the dead whose graves are not known. This memorial stands within Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery.
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“Puts it all into perspective”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2011

Although we've all heard about WW1 soldiers and the battles they were in, it's not until you stand at a place like this that you truly understand what they really went through...hell. This memorial is dedicated to the Australians at war and it was an honour to commemorate a lost uncle of a friend.
Keep an eye out at many of the museums and the larger memorial/cemetery shops in the Somme area for commemorative poppies and poppy crosses to take to the cemeteries with you. Most cemeteries don't have a shop though. When you get there you will won't want to leave without commemorating their lose. It's very moving. Many of the cemeteries also have a guest book to sign. generally you will find them at the entrance in a metal/brass looking compartment cut into the stone memorial/cemetery gate. Please feel free to offer your condolences and remember to close the compartment door when you're finished..

Visited September 2011
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Battlefield Guided Tours France”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2011

Booked online with Terresdememoire for a 2 day tour of Australian WW1 battlefields in Flanders and the Somme. We were picked up from Amiens railway station (max 8 people) and with a qualified guide covered Villers Bretonneux, Victoria school, Poziers, Bullecourt, Frommelles, Hill 60, Menin Gate, Passchendale, plus others. Finished off the tour with the Last Post service at Menin Gate and then taken to the Lillie train station for the quick trip back to Paris. Day 2 we had Sylvestre as our tour guide, a very proffesional and passionate guide. Nothing was too much trouble and was a highlight of our trip to France. Would recomend this tour to every one with an interest in visiting this part of the world.

Visited May 2011
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“Unforgettable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

Well worth the trip and the climb. The memorial is inspirational.

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“I have being Australian in France”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2011

We spent some time walking around this memorial. At least the Australian Government has it right, keeping the grounds in perfect condition along with our French family.
Very interesting reading all about our Anzac on the Western Front.

Visited August 2011
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“Puts you at the centre of the Australian remembrance circuit .....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2011

This impressive memorial - The Australian National Memorial - is 10-15 minutes drive from Amiens and on the D23 between Villers-Bretonneux and Corbie. It is well signed from the D1029 from Amiens and worth a visit at any time of the year . In days of yore you had to obtain the key, to ascend the tower, from the gendarmerie in Villers-Bretonneux. These days it appears to be open during the day, at least in the warmer months, perhaps owing to a greater number of visitors in recent years . The panorama from the tower - north to Corbie and the Morlancourt Ridge , west to Amiens, south to VB and east to Le Hamel gives an excellent perspective of the Australian fighting here from April-August 1918 in one sweep. From here you can can get your bearings to do a loop through Corbie , driving up the Morlancourt Ridge and along the D1 to the St Colette Brickworks ( scene of The Red Baron's downing ) and the Australian 3rd Div Memorial , crossing back across the Somme at Sailly-Laurette and proceeding to the Australian Corps Memorial Park overlooking Le Hamel . From here , back to VB and the Victoria School , where the Musee Franco-Australien is located . That whole drive without stops can be undertaken in well under the hour , but of course a stop in all of the abovementioned places is rewarding . Access to the tower is not permitted , however, between 23-26 April each year , owing to the technical preparations and tidy up for the telecast of the Dawn Service on Anzac Day . If you are heading out to the Dawn Service on Anzac Day under your own steam be aware there is a traffic plan in place - that can be viewed under the commemorations tab of the Australian Government's Dept of Veterans' Affairs . The municipality has put buses from the main rail hub in Amiens for Anzac Day, for people not driving and not part of a tour. Departure times are around 4.15am -4.30am , to get you to VB by around 5.15am for the start of the service. Check ANZAC in France website - www.anzac-france.com .

Visited April 2011
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