Flanders Fields was the scene of The Great War between 1914 and 1918 where over a million soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing in action.
The Battle of the Somme was the bloodiest and most harrowing battle of The Great War, which lasted almost five months with over a million people killed or wounded. It was midway through the war effort on 1st July 2016 that the British Military experienced the worst day in its history, with 57,000 casualties and almost 20,000 men killed in just two hours.
Despite it being 100 years ago, it is important that we never forget those who fought so bravely for peace and the liberation of Europe. It is their heroic actions during the war which has shaped our country today.
On a Battlefields tour with National Holidays we remember this important period in British history by visiting the many battlefields and locations where the tragic events of the Great War took place, plus the many monuments, cemeteries and museums in the region which tell the story.
Places of interest include the trenches of Ypres Battlefield, visiting the Langemark German Cemetery, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Hill 60 and the Irish Peace tower, entrance to the In Flanders Fields Museum plus guided tours to Arras and Vimy Ridge, and to the Somme visiting Peronne, La Boiselle and Thiepval.
Visiting this region will not only broaden your knowledge of the Great War but drive home the reality of what it must have been like to fight on the frontline and allow you to pay your respects to the fallen, those presumed dead and soldiers with no known grave.
During these moving tours you will be accompanied by an expert tour guide who will pass on their knowledge and expertise of the Great War as they explain the background of each battle, reveal the stories of the frontline and how they shaped the outcome of the conflict. They will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
As we continue to commemorate the centenary of the Great War and the lives lost in battle, nothing sheds more light than visiting the sites themselves. Today we still can’t make sense of what actually happened on the Western Front but we can appreciate the courage of those who fought there.
National Holidays Battlefields tours offer great value for money, allowing visiting the key sites of the conflict with coach travel throughout, hotel accommodation and inclusive tour guide.
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