Western Front Tours
People flock to the battlefields all-year round to understand the Great War; the poetry, the vast cemeteries and the heart-breaking stories. Rifleman Tours have a range of Western Front tours to accommodate a weekend away to visit the focus of World War One’s battles.
In 2010, Tony and Allison Eden created Rifleman Tours. The idea was inspired by Tony’s grandfather, William James Eden, who died in the First Battle of Ypres.
A whole century ago, Ypres in Belgium was a cataclysmic collection of trenches and destruction. 1917 represented the wettest summer there, and was the location for the third ‘Battle of Ypres’ – named the Battle of Passchendaele.
To commemorate the 100th year since the battle, Rifleman Tours are offering a four-day tour to the Ypres Salient. It includes: town centre accommodation, a ferry crossing from Dover, battlefield visits and a guide.
It’s impossible to comprehend the scale of the Great War until you visit the battlefields but Rupert Brooke’s ‘Soldier’ begins to scrape the surface:
“That there’s some corner of a foreign field,
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed.”