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  • Address: Thiepval, Picardy, France, France

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Thiepval Memorial Tours

This memorial site commemorates the 72,195 “missing in action” British and South African men who died in the Battle of the Somme in World War I with no known grave. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and built between 1928 and 1932, the site is still the largest British battle memorial in the world. Thiepval also serves as an Anglo-French battle memorial to commemorate the joint nature of the 1916 offensive; indeed, 13 divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt against the German Army, supported by a French attack to the south — an offensive which lasted for several months in increasingly difficult weather conditions.

The architectural details of the memorial itself are quite complex; shaped in the form of a memorial arch, Thiepval is 140 feet high and comprises interlocking arches of four sizes., while stone piers bear the names of the men who were lost in the Somme battles. Several bodies have been discovered on the battlefield and identified over the years since the inauguration; they were later on transferred to a different memorial after receiving a full military funeral, as the Thiepval Memorial is solely dedicated to missing or unidentified soldiers. 

Practical Info

Thiepval Memorial is located in Authuille in the French region of Picardy, two hours north of Paris (163 kilometers via A1 and D938) and one hour south of Lille (87 kilometers via A1 and D929) by car.

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Small-group WWI Somme Battlefields Day Trip from Paris with John Monash Centre

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 264 Reviews

On this Small Group tour of the Somme battlefields, you will discover a part of France that suffered severely in the violent and bloody battles of the Great ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $236.58
Private Full-Day Canadian WW1 Somme Battlefield Tour from Bruges, Bruges, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Full-Day Canadian WW1 Somme Battlefield Tour from Bruges

Stand in the tunnels where Canadian troops stood before the assault on Vimy Ridge and visit the Canadian and German trenches. You will see the scattered ...  Read more

Location: Bruges, Belgium
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $410.15
Private Full-Day Canadian WW1 Somme Battlefield Tour from Brussels, Brussels, Historical & Heritage ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Full-Day Canadian WW1 Somme Battlefield Tour from Brussels

Stand in the tunnels where Canadian troops stood before the assault on Vimy Ridge and visit the Canadian and German trenches. You will see the scattered ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $410.15
New Zealand Somme and Arras Day Tour from Arras, Arras, Private Sightseeing Tours
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New Zealand Somme and Arras Day Tour from Arras

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

This small group tour has been specifically written for New Zealanders, a comprehensive guided tour visiting relevant must see places on the Western Front, ...  Read more

Location: Arras, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $190.21
9 Hour Canadian WW1 Somme Battlefield Tour departing from Arras or Lille, Lille, Historical & ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

9 Hour Canadian WW1 Somme Battlefield Tour departing from Arras or Lille

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Stand in the tunnels where Canadian troops stood before the assault on Vimy Ridge, visit the Canadian and German trenches. You will see the scattered landscape ...  Read more

Location: Bruges, Belgium
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $303.15
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Private Somme Battlefields, Fromelles and Flanders Fields Tour with Last Post Ceremony in Ypres from Brussels

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Discover northern France's famous World War I battlefields, trenches, cemeteries and memorials on this private day trip from Brussels. Learn about the history ...  Read more

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 13 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $204.09
Full-Day Canadian WW1 Somme Battlefield Tour from Arras, Arras, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Full-Day Canadian WW1 Somme Battlefield Tour from Arras

Explore Canada’s role in World War I on this full-day Somme battlefield tour from Arras. Explore tunnels and trenches used by Canadian forces during the Battle ...  Read more

Location: Arras, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $392.31
Full Day Canadian WW1 Somme Battlefield Tour from Ypres, Ypres, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Full Day Canadian WW1 Somme Battlefield Tour from Ypres

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Stand in the tunnels where Canadian troops stood before the assault on Vimy Ridge and visit the Canadian and German trenches. You will see the scattered ...  Read more

Location: Ypres, Belgium
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $388.36
Small-Group Day Trip Somme Battlefields with John Monash Centre and Amiens Cathedral, Paris, Day ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Small-Group Day Trip Somme Battlefields with John Monash Centre and Amiens Cathedral

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Take an unforgettable day trip from Paris to the Somme battlefields where the bloodiest battles of World War I were fought. The guide will help you learn ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $236.58
ANZAC Day Trip from Paris: Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux and WWI Somme Battlefields Tour, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

ANZAC Day Trip from Paris: Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux and WWI Somme Battlefields Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Don’t miss this year’s ANZAC Day, an Australian day of remembrance that marks the anniversary of Australia and New Zealand’s first military action during World ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $261.54

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