Visit by Carl Greener to the Butte and surrounds
26 January 2022
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Welcome to the website dedicated to the Butte de Warlencourt, an iconic site which is located on the World War One Somme battlefields situated close to the town of Bapaume in the Pas de Calais department in Northern France. Originating from Roman times, the Butte (French for ‘hill’) is a mound some sixty feet high which in WW1 was held by the Germans at the end of the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and in a fashion, marked the final line of the British advance on the Somme.
After nearly 30 years of ownership by the Western Front Association, (WFA), a charity based in United Kingdom, the Butte was bought by its present owner Bob Paterson in 2018. Bob and his wife Julia spend a sizeable part of the year living in the close by village of Morval and apart from ensuring the existence of the Butte as a historic, accessible, well known, World War One site, the owners recommenced a restoration project which had been started and progressed by Bob in his WFA days but subsequently had stalled after his departure. Details of maintenance, enhancements and general love and attention of the Butte will appear in the News section of this site, on Instagram and Twitter, however it is strongly reiterated that the Butte will always be the Butte and that will never change.
Visitors are more than welcomed to visit the Butte. There is a map at the bottom on this page which is showing its exact location which is opposite the village of Warlencourt, some three miles from Bapaume on the D929 Albert to Bapaume road in the Pas de Calais departement in Northern France. There ample is car parking available metres from the entrance and various very informative information boards are located on the walkway after entering and on the summit where an orientation board and the memorial are also located. Access to the summit for its breathtaking views of the battlefields is by a well cared for walkway however due to the hilly nature of the site, access may not be suitable for everyone. There are four rest benches on the site where visitors can sit have a coffee or picnic or just simply reflect on the various actions that happened here over 100 years ago. Entrance to the site is at an individuals own risk and visitors must stay within the dedicated handrail area
Have a look please at the rest of this, the Butte's official website please. Apart from giving details of all improvements and developments at the Butte in the News section, the mixture of pictures on the Gallery page is fascinating. In the History pages we have published a report written at the time by VC winner Roland Boys Bradford regarding the November 1916 attack on the Butte and have added a nice article regarding the weather and underfoot conditions facing the troops of all sides in the autumn of 1916. The various attacks on the Butte late in 1916 are covered as is a nice time-line piece covering the arrival of WW1 in Bapaume and surrounds in August and September 1914. In the History pre 1914 section,there is a nice summary regarding the 1870-1871 Franco-Prussian war action in the area.
Thank you for visiting this website. We update the site regularly so hopefully you will come and visit us again. There is also a Butte Instagram account,the address of which is butte_de_warlencourt and a Twitter account address @ButtedeWar. We all want as many people as possible to visit the Butte and to engage with it and with what happened there over 100 years ago and to that aim we also hope that you may become a member of our non-profit making Butte de Warlencourt Association, the link to do so which gives fuller details of membership is above. For info, our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org (Page updated January 2022)
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