One man died which started the first world war. 16 million died to put a halt to it. If it was a book it would have been a best seller, however the war was a very real tragedy for billions of people across the world with tales of sorrow, hardship, conflict and heroic action throughout.
It was a war which would alter the mindset of strategists and tactical scriptwriters for years to come. It was also the first war in a century and a half which saw magnificent and yet the most deadly weapons inspired into fruition, by loses on both sides.
The Allies and Axis were brought to arms because Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the future King of the Austria-Hungary Empire was shot dead in Sarajevo by a lone gun man. Believed to be a Yugoslav nationalist named Gavrilo Princip.
Like a deck of cards, treaties were invoked and one by one European countries fell into war. Borders were weakened, wholes swathes of land were trodden and the war dead would soon become poppies stretching from the Somme to Stalingrad and beyond.
From 28th July 1914 to 11th November 1918, we remember them and others that fell in Europe and the world over. Japan and China, America and Asia. The Russians, Africans, the men and women of the British Empire who were called up to assist.
Discover in detail the lives lost, the heroes, the tactical warfare and the locations by engaging in a World War 1 Battlefield Tour. Visit The Somme and Ypres for an emotional time jump when these fields were muddy, filled with men both experiencing fear and hope.
The scene of the Christmas Day Truce and football match and visit the Somme Battlefields, Lochnagar Memorial Crater, Delville Wood, and the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing and at Ypres; Ploegsteert, Messines Ridge, Ypres, The Menin Gate, Tyne Cot and Passchendaele.
These are battle tours which encompass the whole genre of the battle field and surrounding tactical movements in the region. Tours involve taking you to locations with a knowledgeable guide or two at hand to both inform as well as answer questions.
World War I Battlefield Tours are often an emotional and moving journey back in time. Though Europe is heavily featured, the Americans did at first term it the European War. There are Italian Front tours, American and Canadian specific tours and trips to visit German fronts.