Messines 100th Anniversary Remembrance Tour

Messines 100th Anniversary Remembrance Tour

(Four day battlefield tour of the Ypres Salient)

 

Messines 2The Battle of Messines (7 – 14 June 1917) was an offensive conducted by the British Second Army, commanded by General Sir Herbert Plumer, near the village of Messines, south of Ypres.

The tactical objective of the attack at Messines was to capture the German defences on the ridge, which ran from Ploegsteert (Plugstreet) Wood in the south, through the towns of Messines and Wytschaete to Mt. Sorrel. This would be achieved by a seven day artillery bombardment and the use of 19 mines that were exploded under strong points along the ridge. Once the ridge was under the command of the British, the plan was then to conduct another operation in the northern sector of the salient and break out towards the Belgian coast. This would become Third Ypres, better known as the battle of Passchendaele.

MessinesOur four day Messines Anniversary tour will be based in the beautiful city of Ypres where you will have ample time to explore the many sights including St Martin’s Cathedral, the Cloth Hall and the Ramparts.  Take a meal or Belgian beer in the many restaurants around the Grote Markt and witness the Last Post Ceremony that takes place at the Menin Gate every evening at 8pm.

In the build up to the offensive, we study the work of the tunnellers who dug under the German lines to lay the mines and the craters that their destruction caused, notably those of Hill 60, the Caterpillar Crater and Spanbroekmolen (the Pool of Peace).Messines 3

We will look at the attack in which Commonwealth troops took part. These include troops from New Zealand who captured the town of Messines and the two Irish Divisions (16th and 36th) who fought side by side for the first time, despite their sectarian issues. Now the Irish Peace Park marks this event.Messines 4

As well as this, we look at the history of the fighting along the ridge from 1914 to 1917 and includes a visit to the Bayernwald German Trenches, as well as the Church of St Nicolas at Messines whose crypt was used by the Germans as a dressing station. One of its patients being none other than Adolph Hitler.

We will aim to attend one of the main official ceremonies; awaiting more information on these events.

 

 

If you are interested in this battlefield tour please contact us.

 

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Included In Your Tour

Battlefield visits as described in itinerary

Battlefield Guide and tour manager

Central Accommodation with continental breakfast

Lunch on tour days where specified

Entrance to all museums and places of interests visited

Return ferry crossing

Information pack

Executive coach or minibus travel including complimentary hot and cold drinks, bottled water and light snacks during the tour

Dates

7 – 10 June 2017

Cost

£485* per person

*Price is based on two people sharing

Total single supplement – £108

Major credit cards accepted

We pick up passengers from:

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Toddington Services, M1 Motorway

South Mimms Services, M25

Ashford, Kent

Port of Dover

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Hotel Accommodation

You will be staying at the 3 star Albion Hotel, a family-run hotel in the centre of Ypres and 350 metres from the Menin Gate. (We wouldn’t put you in a hotel on an industrial estate outside of town!!)

The Albion features free high-speed Wi-Fi, an intimate bar, a library and multilingual staff.

All of the rooms have a flat-screen TV, work desk and tea and coffee making facilities.

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