When it entered the war, Great Britain sent an expeditionary force of some 100,00 soldiers to the continent. The need for additional troops quickly resulted first in a call for volunteers (August 1914) then in compulsory military service (January 1916). Millions of British troops were thus sent to France and Belgium. From 1914 they dug the first trenches and fought on the Chemin des Dames. The Aisne department became the theatre of many British operations during the four years of war.
This tour honours the memory of British soldiers who fought on French soil. 150 km long, from Soissons to Saint-Quentin, it crosses key battlefields, stopping off at major memorials and British war cemeteries.