While the extent of the great Western Front scar from the Franco-Swiss border to the English Channel can still be traced on contemporary aerial photography, very few examples of trenches sans artificial stabilization, restoration, or outright replication exist in France or Belgium. The best naturally preserved Great War trenches are in the Foret d’Apremont located in rural Lorraine about five kilometers south of St. Mihiel.
This network of parapets and dugouts saw no major battles for four years between September 1914 and the same month in 1918. Although thousands of men were killed and maimed during incessant trench raids and mining operations, the lack of major offensive operations and local geology preserved the trenches in situ.
Come join us as we explore the trenches of WWI.