Programme of Exchange in Germany

From 18th to 22th May

– On Sunday 18th, French were welcomed by their host family, they arrived at 18:30 pm to Garmisch Partenkirchen.

– On Monday 19th, the headmaster of the Gymnasium Werdenfels welcomed French at Gymnasium at 7:45 am. Students prepared the exhibition about the First World War. The exhibition opened at 7:00 pm.

– On Tuesday 20th, we visited  the Winter Olympic Stadium of 1936 during morning. During the afternoon we had a trek in Partnach-Klamm. At 3:30 pm French were welcomed by the mayor of Garmisch, Mrs Meierhofer.

– On Wednesday 21th, during morning we visited Ingolstadt and the Bavarian Army Museum. During afternoon, we visited Munich and students had free time.

– On Thursday 22th, departure of French students to Paris.

Beaumont-Hamel and Newfoundland Memorial Park

We visited the Newfoundland Memorial Park of Beaumont Hamel. It is a famous site of the battle of the Somme. It was one of the fights the most murderous of World War I. On July 1st, 1916, at 9 am, more than 800 men of the  Royal Newfoundland Regiment , ron out of their trenches, but were quickely taken under the fire by the German machine guns. A half an hour later, there were no more than 68 soldiers.


 German group discovers the site

and the battlefieds



The article written about the visit of Beaumont-Hamel by Nicolas et Ian.

The Lochnagar Crater

The Lochnagar Crater is a commemorative site of the Battle of the Somme. Several hundred soldiers died on July 1st, 1916. This place marks the start of the Battle of the Somme by the British. At 07:28 am, a series of explosions created this impressive crater of more than 90 meters in diameter and 21 of the depth. Many British soldiers suffered the consequences of their attack by finding themselves buried under tons of earth. Every year, many people come out to commemorate this event and remembers the loss of so many brave soldiers.



The crater


Jeremy, Louis and Pierre wrote an article about this visit of the Lochnagar Crater .

You can find more information on the site



German Cimetery in Fricourt

Later, we went to the German Cimetery of Fricourt

 This German cimetery, built by the French military authorities in 1920, is one of the biggest of the Somme. Indeed, more than 17027 German soldiers are buried here.



 German group listens to the guide


It is an impressive cemetery of black metal crosses.





This cemetery is also famous because the body of Manfred von Richtofen, also know as  » the Red Baron  » (a legend of the German aviation) was laid to rest  there until 1925.

This german pilot is considered the top ace of the war, being officially accredited with 80 air combat victories.


Manfred von Richtofen (2 May 1892 – 21 April 1918)


The article written about the visit to the  cemetery of Fricourt by Edouard, Robin and Alexis, with the help of Clémence and Valentin (student journalists of the ESJ).

The Memorial of Thiepval

The Memorial of Thiepval is one of more impressive monuments of the World War I. This monument of stone and brick, visible for miles around that dominates the small village of Thiepval and the old battlefields. It is the memorial of more than 73000 British and South African, missing or fallen to the fight between July, 1915 and March, 1918.



Names are on the white stone on 16 pillars of the building.



A part of the group listens to the guide


 The cemetery

Quentin and both Thomas realized an article on this visit of the Thiepval Memorial , helped by Clémence and Valentin, the students journalists of the ESJ.

The Historial Museum of the Great War

First we visited  The Historial Museum of the Great War.

The Historial is the reference museum about World War I.

Documents or objects in glass cabinets around the halls show the consequences
of war on civilian lives and in the centre of each hall the evolution of warfare and everyday life at the front is presented.











French and German pupils confront their discoveries

















Yes it is necessary to answer the questionnaire

DSCF3055German uniforms


                                   Medical instruments or instruments of torture ?