Advance to Victory
– The last 100 days of World War One
(Five day battlefield tour)
Advance to Victory! This began on 8 August 1918 with the battle of Amiens. Prior to this, the German Spring Offensive on the Western Front had pushed the Allies back until finally petering out in July and notably being stopped on the Somme at Villers-Bretonneux and Le Hamel by the Australian Infantry Forces. At this time Marshal Foch the Allied Supreme Commander ordered an offensive which would effectively lead to the end of hostilities when an armistice is signed in a rail carriage in the forest of Compiègne.
This five day tour covers the advance and looks at the many battles fought by the Allies in their push towards eventual victory. The tour covers the various armies who fought in these last hundred days and includes British, Australian, Canadian and American actions. It is crammed with facts, figures and historical content and ends the past four years of anniversaries that commemorates one of the bloodiest times in mankind’s history; ‘The Great War’.
Day One: From your collection point we will travel to Dover and upon crossing the channel make our way from Calais to Amiens where we will spend the first two nights of this five day battlefield tour.
Day Two: Today we look at the actions that took place on the southern section of the Somme including the Battles of Amiens, Villers-Bretonneux, Le Hamel and Albert as well as following the general Commonwealth advance in this region through to Mont St Quentin. We visit many of the cemeteries and memorials that mark these events including the Sir John Monash Centre set in the grounds of Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, due to open in April 2018.
Day Three: We leave our base in Amiens today and travel across the Somme. We focus on the Hindenburg Line which was broken by the Allies during the Battle of the St Quentin Canal that began on the 29 September 1918 and featured British, Australian and American troops. We will be visiting many of the famous sites in the area including Riqueval Bridge before returning to our new base at Arras.
Day Four: Today we draw close to the end of ‘The Great War’ looking at the final battles including the Battle of the Sambre Canal, Boulon Wood, Ors Canal and up to Mons where the final shot was fired and the last soldier of the war, George Lawrence Price was killed. As we tour, we look at the many memorials and visit the grave of the war poet Wilfred Owen at Ors Communal Cemetery. Our final visit of the day sees us pay our respects to the fallen at stunning St Symphorian Cemetery before travelling back to Arras.
Day Five: The Advance to Victory battlefield tour would not be complete without seeing the place where the 1918 Armistice was signed and on our final day we travel to Compiègne and Armistice Glade to see a replica of the carriage in which the Armistice was signed thus ending the hostilities before we head for Calais and the ferry back to ‘Blighty’.
Riqueval Bridge 29 September 1918
Riqueval Bridge today