Sarajevo to Compiègne – 100 years later

Visitors to the excellent Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium wind up their visit walking past notice saying how many wars there have been since ‘the war to end all wars’. I can’t remember exactly how many there have been but it is several hundred, and shows no sign of stopping.

Almost exactly 100 years ago (as of time of writing), events were spiralling out of control in Europe. The complex series of alliances between the major powers designed to prevent conflict, were about to backfire badly and start a chain reaction that would kill 16 million people and wound 20 million others.

I have decided to visit some of the significant historic locations as close as possible to 100 years after the actual date events took place. On June 28th 2014, I will start in Bosnia’s capital and hopefully end up in November 2018, in the forest north of Paris where the armistice was signed. SPOILER: As it turned out I didn’t go to Compiègne. Instead I finished up in Chaumont-devant-Damvillers.

Start here with my 2014 visit to Sarajevo

In 2015 I was in Gallipoli

2016 was the centenary of the Battle of the Somme

In 2017 I was in Passchendaele

In 2018 I visited the spot where the last casualty fell


2 thoughts on “Sarajevo to Compiègne – 100 years later”

  1. Because we are a nation of war we have a huge nmeubr of vets. Though I am not for jumping into every conflict, as we are wont these days, I celebrate those who give so freely in our country. I have a brother who served and is retired and I honor him for his dedication and service.

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