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New ITINERARY FOR 2017 France Under The Jackboot SOE, SAS & the French Resistance This revised version of one of our popular tours has new visits taking in the experience of ‘France Under The Jackboot’ during the Second World War. We cover a wide range of subjects from the fighting in 1940, to wartime resistance, SOE agents, and the terrible events of the Holocaust. Day 1 Local departure by coach, or Door-to-Door service then, to Compiegne, north of Paris for two nights. Day 2 Battle of FranceWe start by looking at the German Blitzkrieg in 1940 and the Fall of France. We visit the graves of French soldiers who fell in defence of Paris and see where the Germans humiliated France by forcing them to surrender where the Armistice of 1918 was signed and also see the museum here. In the Compiegne Forest we see where Paris’ Jews were deported by train to Concentration Camps. In the afternoon we travel to see the Museum of Resistance and Deportation covering the whole Picardy region in Tergnier. B Day 3 The Holocaust in Paris Today we focus on the experience of the Jewish community in Paris during WWII seeing the Holocaust Memorial site at Drancy which served as a Concentration Camp before those held here were sent off to camps in Germany and in the East. We view where the camp was, see the memorials and the Visitors Centre. In the afternoon we depart for Limoges for two nights. B Day 4 SOE in Limoges, Oradour In the morning we follow the trail of SOE Agent Violet Szabo close to Limoges, seeing the village where she was sheltered, the area where she was dropped in and the ground where she was captured. In the afternoon we visit the village of Oradour sur Glane which was wiped out by SS troops in 1944. Now preserved as a memorial site, we enter through the visitors centre to learn of this tragic event from WWII and spend the afternoon among the deserted streets left just as they were in 1944. B Day 5 Resistance & Deportation Museum In Limoges we visit the museum of Resistance and Deportation and see where the Gestapo had its Headquarters, a place where SOE agent Violette Szabo was held. We then depart Limoges for Amiens, where we stay for two nights. B Day 6 Amiens Prison & French Resistance Today we look at the French resistance in Northern France seeing where the attack on Amiens Prison took place. Here RAF Mosquitos bombed the prison. We also visit the graves of the RAF crews in the nearby cemetery. We then travel to Arras to see the ‘Mur des Fusillies’: the moat of an old fort where members of the resistance were executed during WWII, now a poignant memorial site. After lunch we visit the Resistance Museum at Bondues near Lille, before returning to Amiens. B Day 7 Return home. B Included Meals: B=Breakfast Oradour-Sur-Glane as it still exists today – preserved since 1944 7 days from £629 Includes... • 6 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 Hotels You will stay for two nights in Compiegne, at a 3-star hotel, then two nights at the 3-star Ibis Hotel Limoges Nord and finally two nights at the 3-star Holiday Inn Express Amiens, or similar. WORLD WAR II 1939-1945 Amiens Prison Silver Service Tour Code: 7FSAV Jul 3 2017 £629 Jul 31 2017 £639 Oct 21 2017 £639 Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; travel insurance essential, call or see website for details; single room supplement £179. For full hotel and itinerary details, visit www.leger.Resistance Memorial Arras co.uk/tours/fsa Visit www.leger.co.uk/battlefields/tours for full tour details 41


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