battlefields

D-Day & Normandy

9-12 May, 2017. Three-night tour (via Fastcraft from Portsmouth). US beaches and landing grounds, Pointe du Hoc, Longues Battery, British and Canadian beaches, Pegasus Bridge, Merville Battery. Bayeux Cathedral and Tapestry, and military museum. Picture: Arromanches, where the remains of Mulberry Harbour can be seen. Our family hotel is on the beach, just beyond the white […]

Ypres, Somme

30 May – 2 June, 2017. One night in Ypres and two nights in Albert on the Somme. Eurostar to Lille. Always an unforgettable experience. Menin Gate ceremony on the first night, then Tyne Cot and Hill 60, and Sanctuary Wood preserved trenches. Drive to Somme for tour of battlefields of the July 1 tragedy, when nearly […]

Verdun 1916

11-14 July, 2017. Fly Heathrow – Luxembourg, then mini-van to Fort Hackenberg on the Maginot line. Thence to Verdun. 3 nights. Second day the right bank including the forts, Verdun itself, the Ossuary and National Cemetery, and the marvellous new museum. Third day the left bank, Côte 304, the Mort d’Homme, the tunnels at Vauquois and […]

WW1 Football Memorial Tour

14-17 August, 2017. There were over 5000 men playing professional football in 1914. Of those, about 2000 joined up, many being killed in the Salient and on the Somme. On 26 Nov 1914, every member of the Hearts team joined the army (McCrae’s Battalion). At the Battle of Loos (1915) the battalion was practically destroyed. […]