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The woods are now beautifully peaceful but very moving to realise that 100 years ago the woods were the scene of ferocious fighting at close combat. There are trails to follow with plaques giving details of the fighting.
Without exception, this tour with Gilles Lagin was the best battlefield tour I have ever taken and probably the best tour overall, I just can’t remember them all.
Gilles, “jeeel”, is so passionate about his research of this specific moment in history that he can’t...More
Learning about the famous USMC battles at boot camp is one thing but actually coming to the location of one is quite another. I'm sure that it looks different after 100 years but it is a very solemn place.
My grandfather fought as a USMC officer at Belleau Wood. I have heard about the place all my life and more recently read about the awful battle there. It is very peaceful now. The trees have grown back.You can still see the foxholes. Anyone interested...More
A Marine Memorial located on battle field WW1 June 1918. Commentates the actions of the Marines in the USArmy 2nd Division.
Over 8000 casualties as a result of intense fighting most of the month of June.
We stopped on our way to Paris and it was an amazing experience. The cemetery was sobering and a deserving tribute to those who made the sacrifice. Even after 100 years it is well kept. Bellau Wood brought on a lot of emotion to be...More
Being a bi-national French American citizen , I was stunned to hear about Belleau wood battle as the most important WW1 site for the Americans, while no French citizen knows about the story. I therefore decided to visit and bring back some water from the...More
This monument appropriately honors the participation of the USMC in the Great War. During my visit I was pleased to see a large French tour group standing around the monument and receiving a thorough orientation from a French tour guide.
I would suggest renting a car and driver. You can take the train to Chateau-Thierry and have a car pick you up there. If you are brave enough, you can rent a car there instead but I am not comfortable driving in foreign... More
I would suggest renting a car and driver. You can take the train to Chateau-Thierry and have a car pick you up there. If you are brave enough, you can rent a car there instead but I am not comfortable driving in foreign countries, even Mexico! We rented a car with a driver from Paris but he ended up getting lost. We got an amazing tour of the countryside and he did not charge us extra! I think it is well worth the trouble. It was an amazing experience. There is a small town of Marney which has a little museum which is right next to the property that has the fountain for the Devil Dogs. You can get the key from the museum but only US Marines are allowed to visit the fountain. As a mom, I was allowed but was not to drink from it. The memorial is just outside of Marney and is beautiful. If you can, go early in the morning. There is a staff there that is paid by the American government and they love to host Marines. They can give you directions to the battlefield which is about 2-3 miles away. That is also amazing. You can see the foxholes, the craters from the bombs, the fields the Marines had to cross. It is honestly one of the most beautiful memories I have with my son. I highly suggest it. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. No one is Paris was really aware of this place and it took some digging to get there but so worth it.