Soon after the Armistice, families, friends and colleagues of those who had served on the Western Front made unofficial visits to battlefield sites. Because of the difficulties and high cost of travel, most such visits were private and made by more affluent families and friends. Most visitors were relatives of those who had lost a loved one or old soldiers wishing to visit places where they had served with, and lost, comrades. Sponsored battlefield guides such as this were invaluable to the British motorist in the 1920s.
GUIDE TO THE WAR REGIONS OF FRANCE AND BELGIUM With the Best Routes & Chief Features of Interest
Published in the 1920s by Goodrich tyre company, ‘Guide to the War Regions of France & Belgium’ was aimed at the relatively new phenomenon and the independent motorist. Packed with useful information including coloured maps, photographs, together with advice for motorists and details of seventeen different war regions, each with map, route, hotels, historical and economic accounts, a short history of the operations and war facts.
These war regions include: The Marne, Champagne, Verdun, Nancy, Vosges, Alsace, Lorraine, Ardennes, Belgium, Yser, Artois, Picardy, Chemin-des-Dames, Somme, Cambrai, Arras and Ypres.
Unlike our reprint of ‘The White Cross Touring Atlas of the Western Battlefields’ that is concerned with visiting the war graves of the fallen, this guide is angled towards the battlefield tourist.