Reading & Visiting

Recommended Reading

There are many books available for the battlefield tourist, below are a few that I would recommend as a good introduction.  All books are available to purchase online.

  • Major & Mrs Holts battlefield guide to the Somme.
  • Major & Mrs Holts battlefield guide to the Ypres Salient and Passchendaele.
  • Understanding the Somme 1916, an illuminating battlefield guide by Thomas Scotland and Steven Heys.
  • Understanding the Ypres Salient, an illuminating battlefield guide by Thomas Scotland and Steven Heys.
  • Before Endeavours Fade by Rose Coombes MBE.

If you want to focus on a specific battle, then the Battle Ground Europe books published by Pen and Sword are highly recommended.

  • Serre by Jack Horsfall and Nigel Cave covers the Bradford and Leeds Pals in July 1916.

Accommodation

If you would like to visit the battlefields, these are my recommendations for accommodation:

Somme

Chavasse Farm, Hardecourt-aux-Bois provides two cottages sleeping 2-6 and a house sleeping up to 12.  http://www.chavasseferme.co.uk

B&B No 56, Ovillers-la-Boisselle.  http://www.number56.co.uk

Ypres

B&B Hortensia, Rijselstraat, Ypres.  http://www.bbhortensia.be

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