With his smartphone, the visitor accompanies the hero of the 21st century, in search of a rediscovered past. He discovered the sites of memory, where the plot plunges 100 years back, in the heart of the First World War. Today green landscapes, battlefields yesterday holed with trenches and shells. A story of men in history Guillaume, the hero, takes us on the traces of memory of the First World War. It tells the story of a past torn Europe, a long trip punctuated by encounters, memories and friendships.
It all starts with the discovery of an old book found in an attic. Guillaume, a young filmmaker, discovered through the yellowed pages the story of his great grandfather, Andrew Naylor, British stretcher bearer during the Great War. Guillaume, notebook and camera in hand, starts on his footsteps. Andrew has walked the land of Mont St Eloi Artois, he saw the bloodshed of Fromelles, Newfoundland met at the Battle of the Somme at Beaumont Hamel and was finally found in the cavern of the Dragon at Chemin des Dames. The trip of Guillaume concludes with a letter from Jane, her great grandmother, recounting the life of a Lijssenthoek’s nurse in West Flanders...
A smartphone application for making visible what is not anymore
Five episodes of this same collection can be read independently of each other. The story runs five territories (Nord, Pas de Calais, Somme, Aisne and West Flanders) with a trail from 7 to 10 steps to be performed on foot or by car. Guillaume met historians, walkers and great grandchildren of soldiers who, like him, came to pay homage to their grandfather.
This application is the result of an Interreg IVA France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen, 20 partner institutions and associations of the Aisne, Pas-de-Calais, Somme, and the Northern Province of West Flanders, pledged alongside the Department of the North, a leader in the project "Memory of the Great War." Their goal is to implement a cross-border program of concerted action around the development, promotion and enhancement of cultural and tourist sites in the First World War.
Technology and innovation
Application offers video clips to stunning reality: scenes of war, life in the trenches, comradeship. The visitor is immersed in the heart of the action.
Geolocation system and an interactive map allow the user to navigate and to visit sites.
This Smartphone application is available for all, free on Apple and Androïmarket in four languages, so try it!