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01. Belgian Battlefield Day Tour from Lille: Ypres Salient

[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
Tour the Salient, the hottest spot on the front held by Imperial and Empire troops in World War One. Over a quarter of a million men gave their lives to hold this last bit of Belgium from the Germans. History records three great battles fought at Ypres, but it was in fact a constant battle against shell, bullet, bomb, gas and rats.

On your day touring the Salient you'll tour some of the most important WWI sites, in the company of a first-class guide. You'll see the German cemetery in Langemark; the site of the first gas attack by Vancouver Corner, where flame throwers were introduced into modern warfare; John McRae's Essex Farm site; Hooge crater and museum; Passchendaele; and Tyne Cot cemetery.

You'll walk the moonscape of the Hill 60 battlefield and see literally dozens of memorials to British, Australian and Canadian regiments. You'll also spend time in Ypres itself, with the opportunity to visit St. George's Chapel and the Menin Gate Memorial.

With a maximum group size of 16 and a university-educated guide/driver to lead the way, you are sure to have a memorable and personal experience on this poignant tour of battlefield sites from World War One.

02. Somme WWI Battlefield Small Group Day Trip from Lille

[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
Step back in history on a small group day trip to the First World War battlefield site of the Somme in Northern France.

To most people the Somme signifies one day - July 1st 1916. It was the day that the British Army suffered its greatest ever losses in a single day with nearly 60,000 casualties. But the actual battle for the Somme raged until November of that year, and saw massive fighting again in 1918. What remains is truly awesome. There are sites seen today that will be etched into your consciousness forever.

You will tour the Somme battlefield covering major sites from the calamitous first day, through the whole five months of the battle. You'll see Delville Wood, the Welsh memorial at Mametz Wood, the huge Lochnagar mine crater, the sunken road where the Accrington Pals were virtually wiped out, Sausage Valley, the Poziere battlefield and Windmill Hill (both important site for Australians), Courcellette, site of the first major use of tanks supporting Canadian troops, and the nearby the tank memorial.

Also included are Albert, the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing and the Ulster Tower. An undoubted highlight, however, will be a guided walk around the incredible preserved Beaumont Hamel battlefield site. Other sites will be added according to the interest of the tour participants.

03. Loos, Arras and Vimy Ridge WWI Battlefields Small Group Day Trip from Lille

[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
Join a small group tour from Lille for a unique experience at a reasonable price. Accompanied by either ex-army personnel or Battlefield Guides with postgraduate qualifications, you will gain a fascinating insight into the Western Battlefields of France. This French Battlefield Tour from Lille takes you to the line between Armentieres and Arras. It's a much neglected region but with a huge amount to see.

You will visit sites connected with the 1915 battles of Aubers Ridge, Festubert, and Neuve Chapelle, where the Indian Army gave a magnificent account of itself. You'll see where Adolf Hitler served and the bunker he is reputed to have used as a billet.

Australians will be particularly interested in seeing the Fromelles memorial and you will tour the Loos battlefield, site of the disastrous battle of 1915, and Vimy Ridge where you take a tunnel tour. Canadians will find this of special interest during the 90th anniversary commemorations.

Also see sites in and around the pretty city of Arras including (subject to opening) the recently discovered underground hospital and the French National memorial at Lorrette de Notre Dame.

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