Our tours are successful - we are able to take late bookings please give us a call     

Search the Site
 

Emirates

Military History Tours recommends flying with Emirates, the multi award winning airline which operates direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to over 100 destinations in more than 60 countries worldwide. This extensive route network enables convenient connections to 22 destinations in Europe and 14 destinations in the Middle East via Dubai.

Military History Tours          On Tour - Our Other ANZAC Day Tour 30 April 2013

  

Today we set out for our last day of battlefield tours from Belgium.

We have been pretty lucky with the weather - this morning was cool and a little breezy but it was warm in a sunny spot.

We returned to Messines to visit the Ireland Peace Park - from here we were able to discuss the battle site including Ploegsteert Wood.

Close by was a small memorial commemorating the 1915 Christmas Truce which we also visited.

From there we visited the Canadian Monument (Hill 62) to view the dominating views to Ieper, followed by a visit to the Hooge Crater Museum (for coffee - because the historians are reasonable people) and a visit to this very interesting private museum.

A short drive to Hill 60 and the Australian Tunnelling Corps Memorial, then we visited the Polygon Wood Australian 5th Division Memorial and discussed the battles following Messines - Menin Road and Polygon Wood. We had a bite to eat in a sunny clearing adjacent to the Memorial and cemetery.

All of these sites are relatively close, such was the nature of the Battles in this area, so we could cover many sites.

After inspecting a number of bunkers still remaining in the forest, we moved on to Tyne Cot Cemetery. The scale of the site is extremely sobering. Finally we also visited the German War Cemetery at Langemark which is also of similar scale.

It was a quiet and reflective ride back on the bus to Ieper.

Tomorrow we have an early start and we board the ferry to England at Calais mid morning, bound for London.




  
 
Military History Tours ABN 90 606 423 296
PO Box 294, GOULBURN NSW 2580, AUSTRALIA
Telephone: 1300 364 671 or +61 (0)2 9387 5025, Fax: +61 (0)2 4733 3951