This tour studies the critical month of September 1918 where a combined British, Australian, Canadian and US force aproached, crossed and broke through the key German defence lines on the Canal du Nord and Hindenburg Line. The tested team of Clive Harris & Rory Stephens will lead the tour and we have selected a first class series of walks that will provide a greater understanding of all elements of the fighting from a soliders perspective. As in previous years there is time aside from the walks to visit specific sites should you have a personal reason for visiting the battlefield. Where appropriate official ceremonies will be attended
Wednesday 26 September 2018
Pick up at Ebbsfleet International or Dover and onwards to our tour Hotel in Cambrai, a visit to Vis en Artois to set the scene on route.
Thursday 27 September 2018 Walk 1 – Approaching the Canal du Nord - here we follow the Canadian Corps in their enabling actions around the Drocourt/Queant Switch line as the reach the postions overlooking the Canal du Nord.
Walk 2 – Staying with the Canadian Corps we cross the Canal du Nord as we walk from Moeuvres to the edges of Bourlon Wood, we end the day with a visit to the Canadian Corps Monument on the edge of the wood that looks back to Monchy Le Preux
Friday 28 September 2018
Walk 3 – Approaching the Hindenburg Line, we start with a study of the actions of the Australian Corps that found them overlook the imposing Hindenburg Line, walking from Bellenglise we look at the tactic of peaceful penetration, the strain of continual battle fatigue from April to September and Monash's plan for victory to break through the line before him.
Walk 4 – Breaking the Hindenburg Line - Here we follow the exploits of the 46th (North Midland) Division in what must be considered as one of the most daring attacks of the Great War, once over Riquaval Bridge we turn to the north to reach the Bellicourt Tunnel and link up with the 30 (Old Hickory) Division and Australian advance over the tunnel.
Saturday 29 September 2018 Walk 5 – The American/Australian experience at Bony, the morning is spent studying the most costly ground fought over by the allies a centure earlier, we consider the reasons for initial cumlination of the 27 (New York) Division in and around Guillemont Farm before returning to the nearby US Cemetery at Bony
Walk 6 - The afternoon walk follows the break out and the capture of the Beaurevoir Line in early October, by visiting forgotton villages and lesser visited cemeteries we complete the story of the battle as the Germans head into the last weeks of the war with just the Selle River and Sambre Canal to defend behind.
Sunday 30 September 2018
Home via Calais to Dover with a visit to the planned visitors centre at Flesquieres