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ANZAC Centenary Tours
Polygon Wood was a success where dash, gallantry and good leadership held the advance together and all the objectives were captured, but at again with a large casualty rate. Passchendaele followed a few days later, although a different Division was involved than that which fought at Polygon Wood. This action was fought in a quagmire, caused by the British Artillery bombardment followed by incessant rain that turned this ground into one of the most notorious killing fields of the Western Front. As well as these two battles we will tour The Somme battlefields of France.
Be at the site where 100 years before in the closing light of day on 31 October 1917 the 4th Light Horse Brigade charged into history. All of the ANZAC mounted units to the East of the Mediterranean in what is now Israel were there either surrounding the town, in the charge or in reserve so if your family has a light horse heritage this is a tour for you.
The tour will cover most of Israel in particular where battles between the Australian Light Horse, New Zealand Mounted Rifles and forces of the Ottoman Empire were fought and other significant historical sites.
The attack that recaptured Villers-Bretonneux was described by Brigadier General G W Grogan VC as "perhaps the greatest individual feat on the War". A night attack without artillery support captured Villers-Bretonneux on ANZAC Day 1918 and stopped the German main advance. The German Force did not advance another metre after that date. Join us on ANZAC Day at the Australian Memorial to commemorate that action 100 years ago to the day.
This action was a major success where, for the first time in the War, the Australian Divisions had fought together under their own Commander, Lieutenant General Monash. Under his command were also the Americans for their first major action of the War. The Service at this Memorial, to commemorate this victory, will be supported by the people of the village of Le Hamel.
The Service at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux on 11 November 2018, will be the last of the 100th Anniversary Commemorations and this was the day, 100 years ago that the guns on the Western Front fell silent. This moving moment will be forever etched in the memory of those attending and they will in their hearts know that they were here in support of all those who fought during this terrible time. Prior to the special day, we will tour the areas where the Australians fought as they advanced to victory.