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The Old Contemptibles 1914 The Old Contemptibles at War More than a century after some of the first shots of the Great War were fired, join us as we travel through Belgium and France following the Old Contemptibles – the regular army who fought some of the first battles of the war at Mons, Le Cateau and Ypres. This fascinating tour is based in the superb Novotel Ypres, located just a five-minute walk from the Menin Gate. Day 1 Local departure by coach, then to Ypres in Belgium for a four-night stay. Day 2 Mons: First Shots – War Horses at Audregnies We start with the Battle of Mons and travel to Casteau to see where the first shots were fired in August 1914. At Nimy Bridge we look at the first Victoria Crosses awarded to British troops and then see the excellent Mons War Museum. We visit the unique St. Symphorien Cemetery where British and German dead rest side by side, and where some of the first and last casualties of WWI are buried. At nearby Audregnies we examine the largest use of cavalry in 1914. B Day 3 Retreat From Mons – Battle of Le Cateau Following Mons the British Army split and at Le Cateau General Smith-Dorrien’s men fought a substantial battle to hold their ground. We start following the retreat south from the Belgian border and drive down near the Mormal Forest to the Le Cateau area. We look at the Guards at Landrecies and then see where the Suffolk Regiment fought in August 1914. We visit the Le Cateau Cemetery and follow the positions held on 26th August to the left flank at Esnes where General Snow’s men held the vital left flank. B Day 4 Ypres: Death of an Army – In Flanders Fields Museum The remnants of the Old Contemptibles fought their largest battle in 1914 at Ypres, a battle which cost them more than 56,000 casualties. We start just outside the Menin Gate and take a walk through Ypres Town Cemetery, seeing the 1914 burials. We then see the In Flanders Fields Museum. We travel to Zillebeke Churchyard and see the ‘Aristocrats Cemetery’ where many officers who fell in 1914 are buried. In Messines we see the new WWI visitors’ centre and visit the church crypt where Adolf Hitler sheltered from British shells in 1914. We end with the story of the Christmas Truce at St. Yvon, seeing the new Christmas Truce memorial at Prowse Point.B Day 5 Return home. B Included Meals: B=Breakfast For full hotel and itinerary details, visit www.leger.co.uk/tours/bct 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) Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; travel insurance essential, call or see website for details; single room supplement £129. Your Hotel You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Novotel in the centre of Ypres, just a few minutes’ walk to the Menin Gate, Market Square and In Flanders Fields Museum. The hotel has a lift, bar, and restaurant. The hotel is ideally placed for this tour. Bridge at Nimy 20 Call one of our helpful travel advisers now on 01709 385 615 WORLD WAR I 1914-1918 5 days from £459 Ruins at Ypres St. Symphorien Cemetery Silver Service Tour Code: 5BCTV May 15 2017 £479 Jul 24 2017 £479 Oct 2 2017 £459


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