From the Bastogne battlefield of World War 2 we had arrived in the area of the vast battles of World War 1. Signs for Museums and Military Cemeteries appeared at crossroads along the way.
|The Musee De La Grand Guerre|
The French call World War 1 "La Grande Guerre", what might have been grand about it I don't know. Of course Grande means "Big" in English and WW1 was. Millions died in the 4 years of trench warfare. The trenches reached from the coast of Belgium all the way to the Swiss border. South of Switzerland the Germans and Italians (who were on the Allied side in WW1) fought in the Alps. Britain landed Australian and New Zealand troops in a disastrous attempt to invade Turkey.
|A typical soldiers equipment.|
When we got there we discovered that it was located in the rear of a lovely Chateau on a lake close to the Somme river.
The place was very different from other museums. I've been to a lot of military museums usually they are dark and fairly well packed with displays. This one was light and airy, It showed current events in France, Britain and Germany at each stage of the war and the build up to it through newspapers, souvenirs and posters.
|Carousel Horse Dieppe|
|The old city Dieppe|
Dieppe was the scene of a complete fiasco of a raid in WW2 where Canadian troops attempted to land on the beaches in front of the town. The tanks couldn't make it across the pebble beaches and the troops couldn't scale the seawall. Out of 5000 troops landed only about 2000 made it back. All the equipment from tanks to trucks and guns were lost.
|Monument to the French Canadian Troops Dieppe|
|Canadian War Memorial Dieppe|
|Dieppe - Newhaven Ferry|