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BATTLEFIELDS 2017

WelCome & Contents Inspirational journeys of Rememberance and Discovery Visiting battlefields from the two World Wars remains a fascinating, rewarding and moving experience. A century after WW1 and some 75 years since WW2, the debt we owe to those generations remains strong and the legacy of Remembrance they have left us prompts many who travel on our Battlefield Tours to ask more: who is the solider in that faded photo at home? What was that name on the local war memorial? What did grandad do, and how did his war fit into the bigger picture? These are just the sort of questions myself and my team of dedicated Specialist Battlefield Guides (see page 6) get asked on a typical Leger Battlefield Tour. We are there to help you decipher all the military jargon and understand a past that touched us all – so that we, too, can continue with the legacy and ensure the sacrifice and service are never forgotten. This year, 2017, marks another special period of anniversaries for the First World War as it will be the centenary of the battles of 1917. These were some of the biggest, bloodiest battles of the war and many have become not only household names, but come to symbolise the war itself in some ways. The Battle of Passchendaele is a good example of this: think of this battle and one imagines a lunar landscape of water filled shell holes, on a rain soaked landscape. Battlefield Tours teach us that the experience of war like this was about ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances: that these men and women who served saw the best and worst of life as carnage raged around them, and it was an experience that changed them forever. On Battlefield Tours we discover that freedom is never free and the huge cemeteries bring that home in a way that is Welcome This year marks our twentieth year of Battlefield Tours. Join us on a moving journey of Remembrance where one of our Specialist Guides will help bring the pages of history alive, whether it is in the trenches of WW1 or on the beaches of Normandy. There is no better way to understand than to follow in the footsteps of heroes on a Leger Battlefield Tour. Ian Henry, Chief Executive, Leger Holidays Redan Ridge, Somme French Cemetery, Arras 2 Call one of our helpful travel advisers now on 01709 385 615


BATTLEFIELDS 2017
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