Offensives of 1917 – Arras and Cambrai

  • 5 Day Tour

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to Amiens for a four-night stay.

Day 2 - Vimy Ridge and War Poet Edward Thomas

We start our tour north of Arras at Mont St Eloi where the Royal Flying Corps operated an aerodrome below the ruined abbey, which is still there. We then travel to Vimy Ridge and look at the Canadian attack in April 1917, seeing the new visitors centre (due to open in early 2017). After lunch in Arras we go back out onto the battlefield and see the Scottish Memorial at Pont du Jour, look at the fighting in the Sunken Lane at Fampoux, visit the site of the Chemical Works in Roeux, seeing a large German bunker and then at Monchy le Preux look at the use of cavalry here in April 1917 and the defence of the village by the Newfoundland Regiment. We end the day at Agny, to visit the grave of war poet Edward Thomas who died on the first day of the battle.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Arras Memorial and War Underground

We start the day at the Arras Memorial to the missing which commemorates more than 35,000 soldiers who have no known grave, and also visit the Faubourg D’Amiens cemetery with its many Arras graves. We then go underground and see the Wellington Quarry, a huge area of caves used as a shelter by the British Army in 1917. After lunch we visit the southern flank of the Arras Battlefield seeing Croisilles and Bullecourt, visiting the Bullecourt Museum and the Australian Digger Memorial Park.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Cambrai Memorial and Flesquières Ridge

In November 1917 the newly formed Tank Corps led the first major armoured assault of the First World War on the German Hindenburg Line at Cambrai. We start at the Cambrai Memorial to the missing, which commemorates those fell in the battle who have no known grave. At Hermies we look at the story of the ‘Boy General’, Roland Boys Bradford VC, and travel through the battlefield between Havrincourt and Gouzeaucourt. After lunch in central Canbrai we see Bourlon Wood, the scene of heavy fighting in 1917, and look at the tank attack on Flesquières Ridge, seeing the tank memorial. We end in the Marcoing-Masnières area seeing where the Newfoundland Regiment fought in November 1917.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 5

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Prices are per person, based on two sharing.

Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; single room supplement £149; travel insurance from £35.50.
 


 



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