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Military History Tours          Polygon Wood and Passchendaele (Belgium) 27 September 10 October 2017

Polygon Wood and Passchendaele
(Belgium) September - October 2017


24 September 2017 BRUSSELS:

Arrival day into Brussels. Our hotel will be the Novotel at Brussels airport. Our tour leader/historian will meet flights if requested and assist with transfers to the hotel. An evening briefing of tour arrangements followed by a group dinner. D

25 September 2017 BRUSSELS to LENS:

Our tour departs for Lens from our Brussels hotel, at 0900. After settling into our hotel in Lens, the rest of the day is free to relax, use the pool or enjoy the services of one of the few 4 star properties in the Somme. Early to bed as we have a very early rise in the morning. B/D

26 September 2017 LENS:

This was the start of the Battle of Polygon Wood. A really early rise, soon after midnight, for us to attend the official service. After the service, we will take time to inspect the area then return to our hotel around mid-day for a rest to recuperate after the early morning. B/L/D

27 September 2017 LENS:

After breakfast we will return to the Battlefields of the Salient to visit Hill 60 and Messines. These actions were completely different but most important to the conduct of the War. At Hill 60 the 1st Australian Tunneling Company took over the tunnels and mines and was responsible to keep intact two (2) great mines being prepared for a major assault to break the enemy front. This involved the Diggers in ferocious underground fighting. Messines was a major attack following the blowing of 19 great mines under the ridge. In this days fighting, the Australian 3rd and 4th Divisions and the New Zealand Division defeated the Germans on one of the strongest sectors of their entire front. B/D

28 September 2017 LENS:

After breakfast, we head south into the Somme. Today, we will visit Peronne and the Historial Museum at Peronne followed by dinner in the Museum. B/L/D

29 September 2017 LENS:

After breakfast your coach will depart for a day touring the Somme battlefields. Your Military Historians travelling with you will brief you during the day on events and the significance of the places you visit. During the touring you will visit many of the battle sites, memorials and cemeteries of the Somme and today we intend to visit Beaumont Hamel, Pozieres, Thiepval, Dernancourt and the Lochnagar Crater. B/L/D

30 September 2017 LENS:

With your box lunch for sustenance, you will again be led through the Somme battlefields by your historian. Today it is our intention to visit Delville Wood, Mont St Quentin, the 2nd Division Memorial, Bellenglise, the 4th Division Memorial, Maissemy, the Riqueval Canal and where the Australian Corps under General Monash finished the War, at Montbrehain. This is where where the Australian Corps under General Monash finished the War as they where taken out of the field on 5 October 1918 to rest and train. The War ended before they were required again. Dinner in our hotel. B/L/D

1 October 2017 LENS:

After breakfast, and based on individual requirements, your Military Historian on board will aim to get you to places you need to visit. Our hospitality vehicle will support in this task. This is our Villers-Bretonneux Day, when we spend time looking at the area of those important battles, the Victoria School, Musee Australien and the Adelaide Cemetery that was the previous place of rest for the unknown soldier who is now at rest in Canberra. Le Hamel and Sailly le Sec will also be visited today. Dinner in our hotel. B/L/D

2 October 2017 LENS:

Today, we will visit Amiens early afternoon as tonight you are granted leave. A free night in Amiens to view the Cathedrale Notre Dame (larger than Notre Dame in Paris), then find your own special French restaurant on the river running through town, and for the ladies especially, shop! On the way to Amiens we visit Compiegne to see the actual site of the signing of the Armistice.

Coach transport will be provided in and out of Amiens. B/L

3 October 2017 LENS:

This morning following breakfast, we take the time to look at two major battles. First we head south west to Bullecourt where we look at the tragic actions that took place in April and May 1917; then we return to the Ypres salient to examine the battle of Passchendaele in detail. Dinner in our hotel. B/L/D

4 October 2017 LENS:

We spend today visiting Broodseinde Ridge 100 years to the day after the action, Menin Road, the Hooge Crater and Zonabeke. Broodseine Ridge was the most important of the Australians' actions in 1917 and potentially the most decisive. Menin Road was one of the most famous names of the wartime leper Salient. The road runs from leper due east towards the frontline and was one of the main arteries of the entire battlefield. Dinner in our hotel. B/L/D

5 October 2017 LENS:

After breakfast, we have a change of pace. Just relax or take your coach to Bruges for a sightseeing and shopping excursion where the lace and chocolates are said to be the best in the world. The coach will collect everyone and take you to leper late afternoon, where you are free to have dinner under your own arrangements and then attend the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate. B

6 October 2017 LENS:

This morning we will head to Poperinge where during the War, being out of gun range, it was an important rear recreation area for those out of the line. There is also a dark part of its history due to the location of the execution post used by the British during by the War. Dinner in our hotel. B/D

7 October 2017 - LENS:

This is the time 100 years ago that final plans for the battle for Passchendaele for the Australians were made. The 2nd Division was to attack towards the Keiburg Spur. It was a desperate fight and the Australians suffered many casualties. Having held some of their objectives, due to the great cost, they were forced to withdraw in the night. We will hold our own Commemorative Service. The Service will be held at the Tyne Cot Cemetery which is one of the largest on the Western Front and situated right on the ground over which the Australians fought. B/L/D

8 October 2017 IEPER to BRUSSELS:

After breakfast we say farewell to the Ieper Salient as we head of to Brussels. The coach will have (2) drop points. You will be at the airport or downtown by 1300. B

Itinerary Revised 8 September 2017.

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