Western Front, 1914-18 (5 Days)

Western Front, 1914-18: Hopes, shared by all sides, of a rapid victory on the outbreak of war, quickly vanished as the mobility of the early months of combat gave way to stalemate and attrition. During four years of fighting, the character of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) changed from that of a disciplined, highly-trained but small professional body into a huge continental-style army; its ranks variously filled with territorials, volunteers and finally conscripts. Amidst mounting losses, in often appalling conditions, the BEF played a key role in the long slog to victory achieved on the shell-torn battlefields of that most evocative of landscapes; the Western Front. Click here to make an enquiry.

 

Day One: Outward TravelWestern Front Battlefield Tour: Ypres_Cloth_Hall
06.00 hours (approx): Local pick-up & travel to Dover
for cross-Channel ferry to Calais. Onward travel &
check-in at accommodation in/near Ypres
Evening meal arrangements as chosen by the group

 

Day Two: Ypres
09.00 hours: Depart after breakfast to visit:
Hooge: The inportance of the high ground & orientation
Gheluvelt: First Battle of Ypres; formation of the Salient
The Menin Road & Hellfire Corner: Supplying the Front
Langemark German Cemetery: BEF & student battalions
Pilckem Ridge: Stalemate & gas warfareTyne_Cot_Cemetery
Essex Farm Cemetery & Dug-Outs: Medics in WWI
Lunchtime in Ypres
Passchendaele Memorial Museum: Trenches & dug-outs
Passchendaele Ridge: Attrition on the Western Front
Tyne Cot Cemetery & Visitor Centre: Remembrance
Free time in Ypres
20.00: Last Post at the Menin Gate: Remembrance
Return to accommodation
Evening meal arrangements as chosen by the group

 

Day Three: The Somme
08.00 hours: Depart after breakfast to visit:Western Front: Cross of Sacrifice, Serre Road No 1 Cemetery
Newfoundland Park: Preserved battlefield
The Ulster Tower: Trench warfare on the Western Front
Thiepval Memorial to the Missing: Remembrance
Lunchtime in Albert
Ovillers & “Mash” Valley: Defences on the Somme
Pozières: Australian 1st Division Memorial
La Boisselle & Lochnagar Crater: Tyneside Scottish & Irish
Mansel Copse & Devonshire Cemetery: Noel Hodgson
Check-in at accommodation in/near Arras
Evening meal arrangements as chosen by the group

 

Day Four: Arras, Vimy & CambraiWestern Front: Vimy Ridge Reconstructed Trenches
09.00 hours: Depart after breakfast to visit:
Vimy Reconstructed Trenches: Mine warfare
Grange Tunnel (Apr-Nov: subject to weather & availability)
Vimy Memorial: Canadians on the Western Front
Lunchtime & travel to Cambrai
Bonavis & St Quentin Canal: Hindenburg Line
Havrincourt Wood: Tanks on the Western Front
Flesquières: 51st Highland Division
Check-in at accommodation in St Quentin
Evening meal arrangements as chosen by the group

 

Day Five: Hindenburg Line & ReturnWestern Front: St Quentin Canal viewed from Ricqueval Bridge
08.30 hours: Depart after breakfast to visit:
Maissemy German Cemetery: Ludendorff Offensive
The Tennessee Memorial: US intervention
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.

Western Front: Useful Links

Click on the links below for information about these locations:

Passchendaele Museum Thiepval Memorial Vimy Ridge
Key Sites

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