ANZAC Tours In France & Belgium

ANZAC Tours In France & Belgium from France Tourism

By: France Tourism  08-Sep-2015
Keywords: Anzac Tours in The Somme and Flanders (Belgium & France)

Depart for Belgium. On the way visit the village of Fromelles where the Australians had their baptism of fire in France in July 1916 and is now the site of the new ‘Cobber’ memorial. Also, visit Pheasant wood where the mass grave of Australians and British soldiers has recently been found and where a new cemetery is being constructed, the first Commonwealth military cemetery since the Second World War. Travel onto and discover the city of Ypres, the defence of which cost the lives of 250,000 men of the British Empire between 1914-1918. Visit the Messines Ridge where the Australians were involved in the successful capture in June 1917. Continue to Buttes Cemetery and the Fifth Australian Division Memorial which is located looking down on 564 graves of Australian men who fought around Polygon Wood during the Battle of Passchendaele. Visit the Zonnebeke museum on the Passchendaele Ridge with its impressive underground reconstruction of the tunnelling activity around the Ypres Salient. Visit the largest Commonwealth Military Cemetery in the world with over 12,000 graves and 35,000 names of the Missing. Continue onto Langemarck to visit the vast German cemetery. Return to Ypres at 8 pm and witness the very moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate where over 55,000 of the Missing are recorded including over 5,000 Australians. Day 2 In the morning visit the Australian 1st Division Memorial at Pozieres and the site of Gibraltar pillbox fortification. Visit Pozieres military cemetery where many Australian soldiers are buried from the fight for Pozieres, their first major engagement in France. Then visit the windmill site, the highest part of the Somme battlefield, where a memorial stands honouring the 23,000 fallen Australians. Close by is the grave of Private Russ Bosisto who was found 80 years after the battle. Visit the preserved trenches at Beaumont Hamel and the memorial to the 36th Ulster Division. Then see the gigantic Lochnagar mine crater and the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing British of the Somme with its 73,000 names In the afternoon we will head off to visit the where the fighting took place in 1918. We will stop at the 3rd Australian Divisional Memorial on the Morlancourt ridge continuing onto the Red Baron crash site. Next we will visit the National Australian Memorial in France dedicated to the 11,000 missing in France at Villers-Bretonneux. From there, you will be able to imagine how close the Germans came to taking Amiens in the spring of 1918 before being stopped by the Australians. In the town of Villers-Bretonneux is the Victoria school and museum and from there we will see the famous playground sign 'Never forget Australia'. In the area, we will also visit the Adelaide Cemetery, from where the unknown Australian Warrior was taken in 1993 and now rests in Canberra.

Keywords: Anzac Tours in The Somme and Flanders (Belgium & France)

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