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More than 750,000 British soldiers were killed on the Western Front during the Great War. During this

Centenary period, join us on this introductory tour visiting the major battlefields of Flanders and France.

4-Day Tour

Day 1

Local departure by coach,

then to our hotel in Belgium or

northern France, where we stay for

three nights.

Day 2

Ypres & Passchendaele

The tour starts in Flanders around

the Belgian city of Ypres. Here, one

in three of Britain’s Western Front

dead fell by 1918 and it has been a

place of pilgrimage ever since.

We begin by looking at the

commemoration of Britain’s dead

at Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest

British war cemetery in the world,

taking time to also see the visitors’

centre. At Vancouver Corner we

examine the use of gas in the

trenches and see the moving

‘Brooding Soldier’ memorial to the

Canadians who defended Ypres in

1915 and at Langemarck German

Cemetery we see how Germany

commemorated her dead and look

at the story of ‘Fritz’ on the other

side of No Man’s Land. After lunch

at Hooge, we visit the preserved

trenches at Sanctuary Wood Trench

Museum, some of the last original

WW1 trenches still surviving in

Flanders together with an amazing

collection of relics and stereoscopic

photos. We then travel down the

Messines Ridge to Ploegsteert to

see the Ploegsteert Memorial to

the Missing. Our day ends in Ypres

where we attend the moving Last

Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate

Memorial, held at 8pm each

evening.

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Day 3

The Somme

The Battle of

the Somme began on a summer’s

day in July 1916 and ended in a

snowstorm four and a half months

later. It was a battle of contrasts

from the blackest day when 57,000

became casualties to the first use

of tanks and the change in

approach to fighting on the Western

Front. We look at all these stories

and start our tour at Peronne where

we visit the excellent Historial de la

Grande Guerre museum which

helps to put into context not just

our Somme day, but the whole tour.

We then see the Lochnagar Mine

Crater at La Boisselle, the largest

British mine crater surviving on the

battlefields. After lunch we see the

trenches in the Newfoundland Park

and then take time to visit the

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing

and see the new Somme Museum

here.

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Day 4

Return home.

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Included Meals:

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=Breakfast

For full tour details visit

www.legerbattlefields.co.uk/bwf

5-Day Tour

Day 1

Local departure by coach,

then to our hotel in Belgium or

northern France, where we stay for

four nights.

Day 2

Ypres & Passchendaele

As per day 2 of the 4-day itinerary.

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Day 3

The Somme

As per day

3 of the 4-day itinerary.

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Day 4

Arras & Vimy Ridge

We spend a day in northern France

visiting the ‘Forgotten Front’

between Flanders and the Somme.

Starting on the Loos Battlefield, the

scene of the first major British

offensive of WW1, we see where the

fighting took place and also the

Loos Memorial and Dud Corner

Cemetery. We then visit the

excellent new Lens 14-18 Museum

which explains the rich history of

this region. After lunch in Arras we

look at life beneath the Western

Front in the Wellington Quarries,

going underground to see where

thousands sheltered on the eve of

battle. At the Arras Memorial we

pay our respects to the Missing and

see the Air Services Memorial to

those who died above the battlefield

in WW1 and end our day with a visit

to the stunning Vimy Ridge

memorial at Hill 145 to examine the

attack by Canadian forces here in

April 1917.

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Day 5

Return home.

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Included Meals:

B

=Breakfast

For full tour details visit

www.legerbattlefields.co.uk/bwf

Tyne Cot Cemetery

Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate

Troops going over the top

All Quiet on the Western Front

WW1

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www.legerbattlefields.co.uk

for full details

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