Charles Fair is an Englishman who, while living and working in Paris, used his spare time to visit Great War sites. Using Paris as his base, he visited sites which do not usually feature in most Western Front Guidebooks published in the UK.
The series of articles which Charles produced is therefore very significant, because it draws our attention to important sites, well worth visiting, which we might otherwise never have heard of.
I am grateful to Charles for deciding that Hellfire Corner is a worthy "home" for his work.
This page is the starting-point for Charles's series of articles. I'm sure that visitors will want to bookmark the page and visit often.
Charles Fair's Introduction to the Series of Articles
It is not my intention to describe already well known sites in great detail. However I will draw attention to my main references (Before Endeavours Fade, The Michelin Guides, and the new Premiere Guerre Mondiale des Flandres a L'Alsace) where such sites are described, as well as other references I have used. I prefer to say more about the less well known (to the British) parts of the front, particularly the French sectors, and the Somme for example will not feature often.
I will also say which of the IGN maps I have found useful. In general the 1:100,000 (green series) are the best for route finding and general exploration. IMHO they mark up historical sites and relief features much better than the 1:200,000 Michelin series. The IGN 1:25,000 series is the best for detailed exploration in conjunction with trench maps, unit histories etc.
Old Haunts Revisited
BATTLES OF THE RETREAT
Guise - August 29th, 1914
Chantilly and Senlis
THE MARNE 1914 AND 1918
Nery, "L" Battery and the Taxis of the Marne
Some Other Little-Known 1914 Areas
The Marne 1914 - Battle of the St. Gond Marshes
The Marne 1914 and 1918 -La Ferte-sous-Jouarre to Chateau- Thierry
The Marne 1914 and 1918 - Some Sites just South of Soissons
The Marne 1914 and 1918 - Villers Cotterets and the Foret de Retz
The Second Battle of the Marne - 1918
The Reims Forts
The Lost Villages of the Camp de Suippes
THE ARGONNE FOREST AND VERDUN
The Argonne Forest
The Butte de Vauquois
1918 Meuse-Argonne Offensive - Some U.S. Army Sites
Two Forts near Verdun
ALSACE AND THE VOSGES MOUNTAINS
En route to Alsace: the Haute-Marne and Haute-Saone
The Southern Vosges
The right of the (allied) line: Between the Vosges and the Swiss border
PARIS AND VERSAILLES
Some Great War Sites in Paris - 5th Arrondissement
Some Great War Sites in Paris - 7th Arrondissement
Some Great War Sites in Paris - 8th Arrondissement
Some Great War Sites in Paris - 14th Arrondissement
Some Great War Sites in Paris - 15th Arrondissement
Some Great War Sites in Paris - 16th Arrondissement
Some Great War Sites in Paris - 20th Arrondissement
Environs of Paris - Outside the Peripherique
November 11th - Sites around Versailles
More Sites in the Versailles Area
BEHIND THE LINES
Brittany - Part 2
Pays de la Loire
Pays de la Loire - Part 2
Lyon and Provence
Friedrichshafen, Germany - The Zeppelin Museum
All articles accessed from this page Copyright © Charles Fair, 1997.
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