Other Points of Interest
Inaugurated on 16 July 1992, the Historial of the Great War was selected among the twenty 'Major Cultural Projects in France' of the time for the quality of its architecture. This trilingual (English, French, German) museum is a cultural museum which seeks to show how the lives of combatants and civilians were drastically changed by the war.
The German military cemetery at Fricourt is the resting place for 17,027 German soldiers of the First World War. They died on the Somme battlefields over the four years of the Great War, from late September 1914, when the German Second Army established a defensive front line in this sector, to the spring and summer Battles of the Somme in 1918. It belongs to the German war graves commission, the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge (VDK).
Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, this memorial is the Australian National Memorial erected to commemorate all Australian soldiers who fought in France and Belgium during the First World War, and to commemorate, by name, those who died but have no known grave. Those named on the memorial died in the battlefields of the Somme, Arras, the German advance of 1918 and the Advance to Victory. The memorial stands within Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery.
The Lochnagar Crater Memorial is privately owned, having been purchased by Richard Dunning on July 1st 1978. It is supported by the Friends of Lochnagar who help maintain it. It is almost 300ft (91m) in diameter and 70ft (21m) deep and each year on the anniversary on 1 July a Remembrance Ceremony is held there. A small, more informal Ceremony takes place on November 11th.