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Amsterdam to Northern France Part 2

Using his 1913 railway guide, in the second part of his journey through the low countries and France, Michael Portillo travels to the French sector of the western front. From 1914, trains carried a new cargo of artillery shells, and the Edwardian tourists of 1913 were replaced by soldiers facing the horrors of the trenches.

Michael also visits the forest of Compiegne to hear how, after four years of conflict, the Armistice was finally signed in a railway carriage.

29 minutes

Last on

Wed 18 Feb 2015 19:30


Role Contributor
PresenterMichael Portillo

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