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Crimson Coast The ‘Crimson Coast’ was a name given to the French and Flanders coastline during the Great War when it became a place of sacrifice with men dying in the hospitals along the French coast and the end of the Western Front seeing heavy fighting in Flanders: the fields here being covered in the crimson of poppy fields. This tour looks at a range of often neglected subjects from women in WW1 to the use of foreign labour behind the lines, as well as what was going on in the trenches. We also visit the grave of John McCrae, who wrote the immortal ‘In Flanders Fields’ poem, as well as seeing where he wrote it. The Last Post Ceremony, Ypres Day 1 Local departure by coach, then to Belgium for a four-night stay. Day 2 Etaples We begin the tour at GHQ – General Headquarters in Montreuil sur Mer. The town housed the heart of the British Army on the Western Front and was where Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig directed much of the fighting. We see where GHQ was and visit the Haig statue. After lunch in the seaside town of Etaples, we look at its role in WW1 as the main British Base Depot and see the huge Lutyens designed Etaples Military Cemetery, close to the site of the ‘Bull Ring’ where the Etaples Mutiny began in 1917. At Wimereux we see the grave of Colonel John McCrae, who wrote ‘In Flanders Fields’ and end the day at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery visiting the grave of WW1 poet Julien Grenfell who wrote ‘Into Battle’. B Day 3 Belgian Coast Returning to the Crimson Coast in France we look at the role of Dunkirk and De Panne in WW1 before seeing where the end of the Western Front was at Nieuport in Belgium. We visit the Battle of Yser visitors’ centre and see the King Albert Memorial, as well as the British Nieuport Memorial. We then travel to Ostend to see the bow of HMS Vindictive used in ‘commando’ raids on the Belgian coast in 1918 and at Zeebrugge look at one such raid which took place here in April 1918. B Day 4 Flanders & Ypres We start the day in Flanders at Poperinghe looking at life behind the lines with a visit to Talbot House. We also see the Death Cells in Poperinghe and look at the subject of military executions. After lunch we visit the Yser Tower Museum at Diksmuide and the nearby Trenches of Death, where the Belgian Army held the line for four years. Travelling down to Ypres we stop at Essex Farm where Colonel McCrae wrote ‘In Flanders Fields’ in 1915 before staying for the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, held each evening at 8pm. B Day 5 Return home. B Included Meals: B=Breakfast For full hotel and itinerary details, visit www.leger.co.uk/tours/bcc 5 days from £379 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) Nurses on the Crimson Coast Your Hotel You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Ibis De Panne. The hotel is situated in the centre of the resort and close to the beach. The hotel has a restaurant and bar. WORLD WAR I 1914-1918 Crimson Coast Cemetery Zeebrugge Raid 1918 Silver Service Tour Code: 5BCCV Apr 17 2017 £379 Jun 5 2017 £409 Aug 28 2017 £409 Oct 9 2017 £399 Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; travel insurance essential, call or see website for details; single room supplement £119. Visit www.leger.co.uk/battlefields/tours for full tour details 21


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