Military History Tours Armistice Day Centenary Tour 8 November 2018
No rain today. We started by visiting L'Historial de la Grand Geurre Péronne, where the director, Dominique Frere gave us a short tour. We were impressed with the quality of the exhibits, in particular the Australian Room where the battle for Mt St Quentin is projected on a relief map and there is a new video presentation.
A short drive had us at the Lochnagar Crater where the British Somme offensive of July 1916 was triggered. An even shorter drive had us adjacent the 1 Division Memorial at Pozières. There John Lee gave us a detailed description of the battle that involved 1, 2 and 4 Divisions in their first encounter with Germany. The Windmill feature with its tank memorial, blaze of crosses and Memorial to Animal sacrifice was then visited along with the Moquet Farm Memorial.
The British Memorial at Thiepval along with a picnic lunch followed.
Our visit to the Newfoundland Beaumont Hamel Memorial was a little truncated, we had to make it to Bullecourt by sunset. En route, a technical explanation of the differences between the marks of the mother tanks including how a control differential operates had most tourists riveted.
At Bullecourt we visited the recently completed, all were impresses with the scale of the exhibits and the innovative technology.
The sun was very low in the sky as we reached the Bullecourt Digger Memorial and John Hitchen gave an erudite expose on the action.