The Western Front in France stretched for more than 350 miles from Northern France on the border with Flanders to Eastern France in the Vosges, where it ended on the border with Switzerland. Some of the biggest battles of the Great War were fought here involving men from many nations, with the French Army holding most of the front. By the close of the war much of France was now part of the ‘Zone Rouge‘ – the Red Zone: communities that suffered a minimum of eighty percent destruction. France had been devastated physically and mentally by the war, a devastation that would echo into the next war.
The Western Front in France covers a diverse area of thousands of square miles of old battlefields.