PASSCHENDAELE CENTENARY

 

The Centenary of the the beginning of the battle of Passchendaele on 31st July 2017 will be in our hearts at this time as we remember the enormous loss of life in unbelievable conditions of the mud of Flanders Fields. The BBC website features this at http://www.bbc.co.uk/…/wor…/wwone/battle_passchendaele.shtml.  Come on a future Lest We Forget tour to Flanders Fields to see where it happened.

OUR AUTUMN TOUR – ARRAS, VIMY AND LA COUPOLE – Saturday 28th October 2017    This one-day fully-guided tour will include sites from WW1 and WW2.  It will depart from Hastings.  We will be visiting the fascinating town of Arras (see Tours tab on this website) with its interesting history and medieval tunnels that were used extensively in the two World Wars. As well as a beautiful British memorial cemetery and a memorial to the Royal Flying Corps, we will visit the remarkable Wellington Tunnels, an extensive system where 22,000 Allied troops were billeted before the Battle of Arras in 1917.

La Coupole, one of the most impressive remnants of the Second World War in Europe, is also on our schedule. The underground bunker where the V2 rockets were built for launching against London in the Blitz of 1940-41, built by concentration camp deportees, is a symbolic place of Nazi oppression due to its overwhelming mass, the nature of its underground facilities and the suffering of the slave labourers who built it. Well worth a visit.

We will also be visiting the iconic Canadian memorial at Vimy Ridge.  Pictures of this enormous marble memorial can be seen in our Gallery.

Email enquiries@lestweforgettours.co.uk if you would like more information or to make a reservation, or telephone 01424 775730 for a booking form.

Thank you to all the people who came with us on our Flanders Fields tour on Saturday 20th May.  A special thank you to Malcolm Robinson, whose account of the tour and photos appear in this week’s Hastings Observer (page 40) and also feature on the Observer’s website, at the following link:  War dead remembered during Flanders visit.

SOMME TOUR

Another Somme tour is planned for Spring 2018. Lest We Forget Tours was proud to visit the battlefields of the Somme in 2016, the centenary year, and we thank all those who came with us to commemorate the catastrophic battles of 1916.

Our very successful Somme Centenary Tour in April 2016 was reviewed in the Hastings Observer on 6th May – a big thank you to Malcolm Robinson for writing this.  Copies are available from our office.   Somme tour article

WW1 TOURS FOR SCHOOL PARTIES AND OTHER GROUPS

LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE US TO ARRANGE A TOUR FOR YOUR GROUP.  We provide fully-guided one-day tours for schools to WW1 sites, visiting memorials, trenches and cemeteries, specially designed for both school parties and for adult groups.  Our aim is to bring history to life by telling some of the human stories to illustrate the tragedies and triumphs of The Great War.  We offer:

  • A flexible itinerary that can be individually tailored to your requirements
  • Special tours for school parties studying the history of World War One
  • An unforgettable experience for your students or group members.

For further information, a quotation and a sample itinerary, or to arrange for our Tour Director to visit you, email on enquiries@lestweforgettours.co.uk or telephone on 01424 775730.

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