Cambrai & Hindenburg Line (3 Days)

Cambrai, 20th November, 1917: The entire Tank Corps consisting of more than 400 tanks achieved great success in the initial phase of the Battle of Cambrai. The German lines were over-run as the tanks broke upon them out of the early morning mist. The British had achieved that rarity on the Western Front – complete surprise. The possibility of a crushing victory was, however, fleeting. Everything had been staked on the initial effort with no reserves available either to consolidate or exploit. The Germans regained their balance and brought up no less than eighteen divisions by rail as well as further reserves by road for their counter-attack.

The vulnerability of the Hindenburg Line had, however, been exposed. After the failure of the Ludendorff Offensive, the Allies, now including the Americans, exploited its weakness and, on 29th September 1918, broke through along the St Quentin Canal. Six weeks later, the Armistice was signed.

 

Day One: Outward TravelCambrai Battlefield Tour: Flesquieres_Ridge_Cemetery
06.00 hours (approx): Local pick-up & travel to Dover for cross-Channel ferry to Calais. Onward travel & check-in at accommodation in Cambrai or Arras area.
Evening meal arrangements as chosen by the group

 

Day Two: Cambrai
09.00 hours: Depart after breakfast to visit:
Bonavis: Hindenburg Line defences
St Quentin Canal & Masnières Bridge: Flying Fox
Good Old Man Farm: “A” Battalion & Wain VC
Havrincourt Wood: Tank battalion assembly points
Canal du Nord & Havrincourt: Tanks & infantryLouverval_Memorial
Flesquières: Cambrai Tank Memorial
Flesquières Ridge: 51st Highland Division
Orival Wood: The German artillery at Cambrai
Bourlon Wood: German counter-attack at Cambrai
Louverval Memorial to the Missing of Cambrai
Return to accommodation
Evening meal arrangements as chosen by the group

 

Day Three: Hindenburg Line
08.30 hours: Depart after breakfast to visit:
Maissemy German Cemetery: Ludendorff Offensive
The Tennessee Memorial: US interventionSt Quentin Canal viewed from Ricqueval Bridge
Riqueval Bridge: Breaking the Hindenburg Line
St Quentin Canal Tunnel: Germany’s defeat
Depart for Calais & cross-Channel ferry to UK
Disembark in Dover & return to drop-off point

 

Pick-up & drop-off times are dependent upon the group’s proximity to Dover. This is a suggested itinerary & can be amended to suit the requirements of the group.

 

Cambrai: Useful Links

Click on the links below for information about theses locations

Louverval St Quentin Canal Itinerary via Hull
Key Sites

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