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Chemins d'Histoire Battlefield Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Chemins d'Histoire is a legally registered Battlefield tours company specialized on the Great War. We offer 1 or 2 day tours of the Western Front and are happy and proud to share with you our expertise. The tours could be entirely made to measure and according to your nationality (Australian, Canadian, American, South African, etc...). The tours are conducted in a luxurious Mercedes V-Class air-conditioned minibus. CHBT Public transport licence : 2015/22/0000452
Reviewed August 4, 2013

We are back in Australia after travelling to France, Malta and Italy for six weeks in June July 2013. We both agree the Somme tour was one of the highlights of our trip. Olivier was able to share his knowledge of this terrible time in history. We were able to gain a knowledge of the battles that occurred in the area and the courage of the soldiers that could not be gained from reading a book. I would recommend Olivier's tours to everyone.

Tess and Leigh

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Reviewed July 28, 2013

My husband and I visited Northeastern France in mid-April, 2013 to visit WWI sites. Although we've spent much time in France, this was an area that we didn't really know. We arranged for a day tour of the Somme battlefields with Olivier and Chemins d'Histoire, which not only satisfied but went beyond every expectation that we had.
Two French friends from Paris joined us for the tour. They speak French and some English, I speak French and English and my husband speaks English with a smattering of French. Olivier was impressive in the way he switched from French to English and back, making sure that everyone had heard every bit of information that he had to impart.
And he had a great deal to impart. With maps, diagrams, photos, he drove us from sites important at the beginning of the Somme campaign to the sites where it ended many months later. He was able to pull it all together in a meaningful way and make sense of the at-times confusing battle lines and troop movements. Olivier has a firm handle on the history, personal stories and important figures of this period. We learned a huge amount from him and very much appreciated Olivier's low-key, serious, and friendly approach to the material.
Thank you, Olivier, for enabling us to peer into and understand the facts and the meaning of this violent and heroic time.
Jane M., Los Angeles, California, USA

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Olivier provided an unforgettable experience for Lyn and I with the tour of the Somme, and with his knowledge and experience, took us back in time with his words and descriptions of the period. We felt it was 1916-18, the mud, bombs, horror and casualties, as he described the conditions that both our respective Great Uncles would have had to endure, and the particular battles that they fought. Lyn's Great Uncle, Australian Corporal E.C Robinson, who died in the field in August 1918 and now lying in Prospect Hill Cemetery, was visited for the first time by a family member, and it was an emotional time. I learnt more about my Great Uncle's service, Australian Private J.F.Williams who died in the field at Pozieres in 1916. It was an absorbing, enriching probably a once in a life time experience, and we both have a deeper respect for all those who lost their lives whilst serving their country, through what must have been the most horrific of times. In contrast, it was wonderful to see all the cemeteries across the battlefields maintained in such superb condition. Thank you Olivier, Regards Lyn and Darryl.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Thank you, Olivier for an incredibly interesting and informative day. Your knowledge of the Great War is amazing and we all now have a clearer understanding of the events that took place in The Somme battlefields. May you continue to share that knowledge and passion with numerous people from many nations so that we all can understand and appreciate what our forebears suffered for us. We can now share wit others what we have learnt from you.

Sandra and Jasoon Lowther, Brendon Lowther, Lyn Cooper, Kerry Bell

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

We have just spent 3 days (and one rest day) with Olivier visiting battlefields and memorials specific to our Grandfather and the Manchester Regiment battalion he served with. Olivier also included sites like the Newfoundland memorial which he thought was vital to our understanding of the big picture. Olivier speaks excellent English - and I don't think we asked a question he couldn't answer! Inside the vehicle he had mounted a screen showing the original WW1 maps so as we were driving around we could see the topography then and now. Amazing tour. This was my Facebook post when we got back:
Hard to describe how I’m feeling after such an emotional weekend. Without wanting to sound smug or self righteous, I’m walking around feeling that my whole being has subtly changed – and that people should somehow be able to see a small glow of awareness that wasn’t there before. There are few occasions in life that affect us so profoundly that only the fortunate friends or family who were there to share it can know what you are experiencing. A bit deep for me I know but I have just spent four days visiting First World War Battlefields and Memorials of the Somme. The culmination was finding my Grandfathers war grave and placing freshly picked poppies on it with my sister. A beautiful pilgrimage filled with laughter and tears. xxx
We couldn't have asked for a better guide.

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