The Somme Departmental Council and Somme Tourisme have published a selection of brochures entirely dedicated to the centenary of the First World War. Distributed throughout the Somme, these informative brochures help the visitor learn more about the area. They are available, free of charge, in most of the Somme's visitor centres, tourist offices and museums.
The Guide to the Sites of the First World War is the perfect guide book to accompany you on your journey through the Somme. It contains both historical information and all the useful information you need to make the most of your visit. It can be found in French and in English in all of the tourist offices and visitor centres of the Somme, or you can click on the link below to view online!
This leaflet is a much smaller version of the Sites of the First World War guide book. It provides an overview of the Somme Remembrance Trail, an itinerary that links major sites of remembrance from Péronne to Albert. The new edition has been written in four languages: French, English, German and Dutch, and was made possible by European funding in the context of the Interreg IVA “Great War Between the Lines” programme.
Somme Tourisme has just released its new brochure Australians in the Somme for the last year of the Centenary to better highlight the story of the Australian soldiers during the Great War. It covers well-known battlefields such as the battle of Pozières and the Australian victory in Villers-Bretonneux. This brochure is also a great way to discover the key points of the Australian offensives in the Somme and provides an overview of the Australian Remembrance Trail. Check it out online here.
In addition to these brochures and to better highlight the battlefield destination, Somme Tourisme has also been associated with publishing houses including Bradt, Hachette and Gallimard.
Somme Tourisme has been working with Bradt, which has brought out a new travel guide written especially for the centenary of the Great War entitled “World War 1 Battlefields: A Travel Guide to the Western Front”. It covers the battlefields from the Nord-Pas-de-Calais to the Somme and the Aisne. Various themes are covered in the guidebook including the sites of remembrance, museums, major First World War centenary events and a focus on the heroes of the Great War; it also features a map of the Western Front. This new guide, co-financed as part of the European “Great War between the Lines” programme, is an excellent reference book for visiting the battlefields.