Bespoke Tours of Non-British WW1 Battlefields
Battlefield tours to the Western Front often focus heavily on the British involvement, but what about those other nations and peoples who also fought bravely and made sacrifices during this bitter conflict. The suggested four-day itinerary below provides an overview of the fighting that took place on the Western Front between 1914 and 1918 with particular emphasis on the international involvement. During visits to Ypres, Neuve Chappelle, the Somme, Villers-Bretonneux and Noyelles sur Mer you will hear how and see where Indian, German (including German Jewish), Canadian, Australian, Irish, French and Portuguese soldiers fought and where many, including those of the Chinese Labour Corps, made their final sacrifice.
Our Tailor-made Tours
Our tailor-made tours aim to offer a high quality experience that suits you. Visit historic and cultural sites of your choice in as much luxury as you desire, and we’ll pay impeccable attention to detail at every step of the way. Whether it’s a short city break complete with museums and galleries or exploring the world’s most famous battlefields, we will do everything in our power to ensure you have the immersive experience you are looking for.
We provide accommodation in good quality 4*, preferably historic, hotels. However we can find accommodation that suits your budget and basic needs, please enquire for more details.
We can include the channel crossing (method of your choice), as well as all ground transportation throughout your stay.
We can either arrange a private driver guide to take you to all the sites you wish, either a local English speaking guide or an expert from the Uk
This is merely a suggested itinerary and can be tailor made to your interests and needs;
Day 1. Cross the English channel by either air, Eurotunnel, Ferry or Eurostar and continue to Ypres. Here on 31 October 1914, during the 1st battle of Ypres, Sepoy Khudadad Khan performed the act of gallantry for which he was later awarded the Victoria Cross, becoming the first Indian born soldier to be so honoured. In the nearby the village of Hollebeke we’ll visit a memorial to Sikh soldiers. This evening we’ll take an early dinner in Ypres’ Grote Markt before visiting the Indian Memorial and Menin Gate to experience the Last Post Ceremony. Continue to hotel in Lille.
Day 2. Returning to Ypres, visit the German cemetery at Langemark, the scene of the costly German frontal attack in 1914 and from where they launched their first gas attacks during the 2nd Battle of Ypres, April 1915. The Lahore Division was thrown into the counter-attack at St. Julien, meeting gas and machine gun and suffering awful losses. Visit the award winning In Flanders Fields Museum and enjoy a lunch break in the centre of Ypres. Thence to the Island Of Ireland Peace Park where in June 1917 Irishmen of both religions, north and south, fought side by side during the battle for Messines Ridge. Then to Neuve Chappelle where in early 1915, the first big attempt to break through the new German trench lines saw Rifleman Gobar Sing Negil win his VC. Here we find the impressive Indian Memorial in which honours the 4,742 Indian soldiers on the Western Front who have no known grave. Nearby we find the Portuguese cemetery and memorial. Return to hotel.
Day 3. Spend the whole of today on the battlefield of the Somme, in particular the Canadian Newfoundland Park with its preserved trenches, the monument to the missing at Thiepval, the Ulster Tower, the expansive views from the Australian memorial at Poziers and the South African memorial, park and museum at Delville Wood. Check-in to hotel in Amiens.
Day 4. We admire the stunning views from the top of the impressive Villers-Bretonneux Australian memorial: the fight for the town stemmed the final German onslaught in Spring 1918. We then head for Noyelles sur Mer and the Chinese Labour corps cemetery and monument. Return to the UK.