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The Somme Remembering the Somme The Somme is a byword for British sacrifice in the Great War; from the deadly summer’s day when it began to the snow which ended the fighting, the Somme was a battle of contrasts and an often forgotten victory. Learn more about this important battle. Day 1 Local departure by coach, then to northern France for a four-night stay. Day 2 First Day of the Somme We begin with a look at that terrible First Day of the Somme as we follow the line of 1st July 1916. We start at Gommecourt where London and Midland troops took part in a diversionary attack, then see where the Northern Pals battalions fought at Serre, walking up to the Sheffield Memorial Park and seeing the battlefield cemeteries. Following lunch, we look at the Beaumont- Hamel battlefield, seeing the Sunken Lane where the Lancashire Fusiliers sheltered before Zero Hour and Hawthorn Ridge, where a huge mine was blown and filmed for posterity. We then examine the fighting for the Thiepval Ridge, seeing the memorial to the 36th (Ulster) Division and visiting the Thiepval Visitors’ Centre and Thiepval Memorial. We end the day at the Leipzig Salient, seeing the memorial to the Dorsetshire Regiment. B Day 3 La Boisselle & Mametz Continuing the story of 1st July 1916 we begin in Mash Valley at Ovillers, looking at the fighting there, then move to the Lochnagar Mine crater at La Boisselle, before seeing where regiments from Yorkshire fought at Fricourt. After lunch, we look at the story of Devonshire Trench at Mametz, and see where Captain Billie Neville and his men kicked footballs over the top and where the British lines met with the French. We end the day looking at the next stage of the battle with the fighting at Mametz Wood involving the 38th (Welsh) Division. B Day 4 Delville Wood & Albert The Battle of the Somme continued beyond July and we follow the course of the fighting at High Wood and Delville Wood, seeing ‘Crucifix Corner’ and Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, following the story of New Zealand’s Unknown Warrior. We spend lunchtime in Albert with time to visit the Somme museum. In the afternoon, we look at the Australian attack on Pozières, visiting the Gibraltar Bunker and Pozières Windmill site, and seeing where tanks were used for the first time at Flers-Courcelette. We end the tour at the Butte de Warlencourt, now a memorial site, where the Somme battle came to a conclusion on 18th November 1916. B Day 5 Return home. B Included Meals: B=Breakfast Includes... • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast • Specialist Battlefield Guide • Battlefield visits as described Plus... • Local joining points (see page 55 for your nearest) • Entrance to museums and places of interest (extra cost) Your Hotel You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Ibis Styles Peronne Assevillers Hotel. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, and is situated approximately six miles from the centre of Péronne. Children Travel for Half Price (aged 8-17) on dates marked * Meal Package available to pre-book. Call for full details. Crucifix Corner, Bazentin le Petit, Somme Executive Tour Code: 5FRS Sep 4 2017 £429 Silver Service Tour Code: 5FRSV Apr 3 2017 £429 May 1 2017 £459 Jun 19 2017 £479 Jul 3 2017 £479 Jul 10 2017 £479 Jul 31 2017 £479 Aug 7* 2017 £479 Aug 28 2017 £479 Sep 11 2017 £479 Oct 16 2017 £469 Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; travel insurance essential, call or see website for details; single room supplement £119. 14 Call one of our helpful travel advisers now on 01709 385 615 WORLD WAR I 1914-1918 Serre Road No 3 Cemetery 5 days from £429 For full hotel and itinerary details, visit www.leger.co.uk/tours/frs


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