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New ITINERARY day 2017 4-FOR Atlantic Wall, Blockhaus V2 site Dunkirk & Fortress Europe The evacuation of more than 330,000 British and French troops from Dunkirk in May 1940 following the critical Battle of France was one of the turning points of the Second World War. Four long years of occupation followed, a period which included the construction of the Atlantic Wall to prevent any Allied return. Join us on this classic battlefield tour as we follow the fighting in France in 1940, the Miracle of Dunkirk and explore bunkers and V-Weapon sites across northern France and Belgium. We now also offer a 4-day itinerary. Batterie Todt. We see the museum here which includes a very rare German 280mm Railway Gun, then visit the V3 super-gun system at Mimoyecques. Here we’ll go through tunnels built to house this incredible weapon which was never fired in anger due to Allied bombing. We end the day looking at the liberation of the coastal region in northern France in September 1944 with a visit to Calais Canadian Cemetery. B Day 5 Return home. B Included Meals: B=Breakfast For full hotel and itinerary details, visit www.leger.co.uk/tours/bdk Your Hotel You will stay for three or four nights at the Hotel Oude Abdij in the historic town of Lo. This family-run 3-star hotel has a spacious lounge area, bar, restaurant, large patio and lift. WORLD WAR II 1939-1945 4 days from £269 5 days from £369 Includes... • 3 or 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) 120mm Belgian Howitzer on Atlantic Wall, Raversijde 4-Day Itinerary Executive Coach Tour Code: 4BDK Apr 28 2017 £269 Jun 16 2017 £289 Jul 28 2017 £289 Aug 18 2017 £289 5-Day Itinerary Executive Coach Tour Code: 5BDK May 29 2017 £369 Silver Service Tour Code: 5BDKV Mar 27 2017 £389 Jun 12 2017 £419 Jul 17 2017 £419 Aug 7 2017 £419 Sep 25 2017 £409 Oct 23 2017 £369 Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; travel insurance essential, call or see website for details; single room supplement from £50 (4 days), £75 (5 days). 4-Day Itinerary Day 1 Local departure by coach, then to Belgium for a three-night stay. Day 2 Battle of France: Retreat To Dunkirk We look at the fighting in the Battle of France in May 1940 following the story of the Durham Light Infantry and Royal Welch Fusiliers at St. Venant, seeing the memorial and nearby graves. At Cassel Hill we examine the last stand here by the Oxs & Bucks and Glosters. We visit the site at Wormhout where a massacre of British troops took place by the SS, then in Dunkirk visit the excellent War Museum of Operation Dynamo, followed by a visit to the East Mole. We end the day in the dunes to remember the sacrifice of French troops in May to June 1940. B Day 3 Miracle of Dunkirk: The V-Weapons We return to Dunkirk to see the Dunkirk War Cemetery and the Dunkirk Memorial to the Missing. At Bray Dunes we look at the story of the evacuation beaches and the ‘little ships’, forever connected to the Dunkirk story. At Eperlecques we see the massive Blockhaus, built as a launch site for V2 rockets, then see a typical V1 Doodlebug ski-ramp site, hidden in the woods near Morbecque. In the evening join an optional trip to Ypres for the moving Last Post Ceremony. B Day 4 Return home. B Included Meals: B=Breakfast 5-Day Itinerary Day 1 Local departure by coach, then to Belgium for a four-night stay. Days 2 & 3 As per Days 2 & 3 of the 4-day itinerary. 2xB Day 4 Atlantic Wall: Liberation On the Belgium coast at Raversijde we see how the WW1 Aachen Battery was turned into a section of the Atlantic Wall by the Germans, seeing the bunker, trenches and many original features, then travel to the French coast for lunch and visit Dunkirk War Cemetery Visit www.leger.co.uk/battlefields/tours for full tour details 37


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