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We visited last August but I omitted to review this hidden gem. Somewhat off the beaten track... read more

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I found this fascinating small museum thanks to Google (we wanted somewhere to break a long... read more

Reviewed September 3, 2019
Anthony A
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Montesson, France
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Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

I found this fascinating small museum thanks to Google (we wanted somewhere to break a long journey) and I'm pleased we visited. The story of the battle and the role of the tanks came as a surprise to me. It's not perfect, some of the videos weren't working, some of the translations were inaccurate and the man on the front desk was over-serious, but it's worth a visit. It was particularly moving to visit the graves of some of the tank's crew in the immaculate cemetery next door.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 23, 2019 via mobile

I had wanted to visit this place since seeing Guy Martin's programme about the tank.
The visit starts with a ten minute film in English about the use of tanks during the First World War. I remembered most from my history lessons at school, but it was informative and cleverly done.
Then onto the room containing Deborah.
I was overwhelmed to be so close to this wonderful memorial to the men who fought and died in the WW1 tanks. The twisted metal, damage from the explosion that destroyed her and her crew, and the sombre mood of the setting was incredible. Maybe the fact that I was the only visitor there served to heighten the occasion. The surrounding information, together with examples of equipment and uniforms, gave a real sense of what it must have been like. Several poppy wreaths from present day tank battalions are displayed on her.
Highly recommended.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 9, 2019

Great little museum in an equally great little village. Size-wise, it amounts to one room with Deborah in the centre, and a variety of information pieces and artifacts around the perimeter. (There is a short movie to see before entering the main chamber.) It's just enough information to paint the picture of tank warfare during the Battle of Cambrai; from the tank itself, to the stories of her crew members and their fates. Be careful not to touch the tank as it is alarmed! I particularly enjoyed following the history of its discovery back in the 1990s. Glad to see that Deborah has a new, permanent home where she's protected from the elements. Well worth a visit if you're in the area.

Be sure to make note of the crew members who did not survive the fatal blow to Deborah. They lie in the cemetery next door. Merely walk the staircase adjacent to the museum and have a look at FLESQUIERES HILL BRITISH CEMETERY.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed May 21, 2019

It was incredible to visit Deborah and learn, not only about tank operations, but also the story of how she was found and excavated from the ground, some 80 years after the battle. The adjacent Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery is the resting site of some of the tank crew - so you can pay your respects to them and others buried there at the same time.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 8, 2019

Visited the new museum which Deborah is the star attraction in the village of Flesquieres just outside Cambrai. Still work to do on completing the museum. To understand fully the history of this remarkable tank you really need a guide which is worth the cost involved.

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Barry L
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