Discover the hiking and cycling routes of the Remembrance Trails

These regions are home to the many sites that bear the scars of two world wars. The sites commemorate the selfless sacrifice of those who took part and now, thanks to the regional Remembrance Trails, you can discover them at your leisure along local cycling and hiking routes. Each route develops a specific theme and is accompanied by an illustrated guide. Consult the guide on your mobile (or download it) to discover the human side of these conflicts and learn about the region and its history in an original and compelling way.
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Duration: 2¼ h approx. - Distance: 9.2km

Practical info

Contact : Office de tourisme de l'Armentiérois
Call : +33(0)3 20 44 18 19
Email : ot.armentieres@wanadoo.fr
Website : www.armentieres.fr/tourisme
Starting oint : Grand'Place

Place du Général de Gaulle- 59280 Armentières

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Armentières, War and Reconstruction

When the belligerents established their lines in October 1914, the town of Armentières found itself near the front. For the remainder of the war it was a key logistical centre for the British Army and soldiers from across the Empire would be stationed there as they moved up and down the line. Their presence inspired the popular song Mademoiselle from Armentieres.

Death was ever present in the makeshift hospitals and the town suffered greatly from big German artillery. By 1917 poison gas shells had come into use and the civilian population had to be evacuated. Occupied by the German Army during the Lys Offensive in April 1918, Armentières was totally destroyed in their retreat just a few weeks before the armistice.

Reconstruction was remarkably swift and, in the process, the town gained a new visual identity inspired by Flemish architecture.

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