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The Itinerary

Battle of the Somme 1 July - 13 November 1916

7 - 10 October 2016

Price per person £415.00 Single supplement £110.00
Deposit per person £75.00

The Battle of the Somme started disastrously on the 1st July 1916, a day which has become known as the British Army's 'Blackest Day', with nearly 60,000 casualties of whom almost 20,000 died. The battle continued until 17 November, during which time the losses continued to mount. But at the same time lessons were learned, tactics changed and new equipments deployed, and by the end of 1916, through the 'school of hard knocks', the British Army was much better prepared to continue the war, and to ultimately achieve victory in 1918
This tour will start by looking at the disastrous 'First Day' of the battle and the blooding of the Kitchener's Pals battalions, before examining how new tactics and inventions such as the tank.

Battle of the Somme

Itinerary

7 October:
Meet at the Union Jack Club Waterloo and depart for France via Folkestone.
Hotel IBIS Arras.

8 October:
The First Day of the Somme - 1 July 1916.
Serre to explore the stories of Pals battalions - Beaumont Hamel to visit the 'Sunken Lane'.
Hawthorn Ridge Crater, and learn a little about how the battle was recorded on film -
Newfoundland Park to explore the story of the Empire's contribution to World War One -
Ulster Tower where we will look at the Schwaben Redoubt and examine the contribution of the Irish Divisions - Lochnagar Crater to explore the story of how mines were used.
Hotel IBIS Arras.

9 October:
The remaining months of the Battle of the Somme - July to November 1916.
Delville Wood to consider the South African contribution.
Pozieres to look at the Australian battles and the Tank Regiment Memorial.
Longueval to discuss the Dawn Attack of 14 July 1916.
Flers to talk about the introduction of tanks and follow the first tank attack of September 1916.
Fricourt German cemetery - Thiepval Memorial.
Hotel IBIS Arras.

10 October:
Visit to the Faubourg d'amiens Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery Arras - Wellington Quarry underground tunnels used in World War 1 - Drive to Calais & return to London

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