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The Germans captured Peronne in August 1914 and occupied it until March 1917 when they were forced to retreat towards the Hindenburg Line. The liberation was short lived, however, as the Germans retook possession during their March offensive of 1918. They were driven out for the final time on 2 September by the 2nd Australian Division. Nowadays Peronne is a peaceful spot, popular with local fishermen who target a variety of species with eels being a local speciality.
The new museum building can be seen in the background above. The items on display chart the pre-war years, the war itself, with an emphasis on 1916, and the post war years, all from a British, French and German viewpoint, both civilian and military. The bulding is bright and spacious with many audio-visual presentations including some rare contemporary footage. Weapons, uniforms and equipment of the various nationalities are displayed in glass-covered recesses on the floor so that comparisons can easily be made. Additional information can be found on the museum`s official website. (LINK)*
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