My first encounter with the old battlefields of World War I was on a visit to the Ieper area in 2003.
Before that I was mostly interested in fortresses from 1880 onwards, the Atlantikwall and World War II in general. But since that first visit my interest in World War I grew slowly.
Then on my first trip to Verdun in 2006 I bought the book ‘La Face Cachée/ Die Verborgene Seite’ (see links page) about relics in the Argonne, Verdun and St Mihiel area, and I was hooked.
Those where places I wanted to visit!
Through a Dutch/Belgian World War I forum I got to know more about these places. Then someone posted photo’s of bunkers which were still standing in the Vosges mountains and I decided to go there on my next holiday.
I haven’t looked back since. Every holiday was spent visiting these places and in between the holidays I did research on how to find the relics, as most of them are off the beaten track.
As I already had photography as a hobby, photographing World War I relics became my passion. Over the years I have photographed many relics and so the idea of making this website was born, and I hope you will enjoy this website as much as I do making it!
Besides the websites and books I have used to find these places, I also owe thanks to people who were kind enough to help me find WWI relics.
These people are:
Thanks also goes to Jan en Lenie Mulder for placing some of my photographs on their website.
Annelies Visser - 2013