Suffolk Branch WFA – 20 Things you havent seen in Picardy
June 29 - July 2£710.00
Tour Dates: 29 June – 2 July 2024
Accommodation: Hotel Moxy, Amiens (3 nights)
Price includes: Travel, Accommodation (Bed & Breakfast), Transport & Tolls, Museum entry, Guide
Cost: £710 per person (£150 Single Supplement)
20 Things you havent seen in Picardy – Suffolk WFA Branch Tour 2024
Following on from the success of our previous ’20 things you havent seen in Flanders’ we turn our attention south to Picardy and the fighting of both 1916 & 1918.
Based in central Amiens at the popular Hotel Moxy we stop at Flexicourt on our way from Calais, the town, home to the Fourth Army Battle School and a number of tangible reminders of the war remain for us to see on the opening day. Our 1916 day looks at the infrartucture and planning of the Somme campaign as we visit a number of Headquarter Buildings, the site of the Grandstand and then focus on Suffolk Regiment battalions, specifically at Orvillers and Boom Ravine. Turning our attention to 1918 we look a number of sites around Villers Bretonneux and the Amiens battles as well as the US First Divisions action at Cantigny. We end the tour with visits to Douglas Haig’s forward headquarters and GHQ at Mentreuil.
Collect from Suffolk 29 seat coach and driver – Crossing to Calais, stop at Flixecourt on route to Amiens to visit the site of the BEF Camouflage Factory and the location of the Fourth Army Battle School as mentioned by Siegfried Sassoon in Memoirs of an Infantry Officer Overnight Hotel Moxy Central Amiens
1916 Day – passing the RFC base for Somme Operations at Longeau and General Rawlinson’s HQ at Querrieu, we then visit the site of the Grandstand where the general staff watched the attack go in on the 1st July, we will follow the Suffolk Regiment attacks at Orvillers (2nd July), Guedecourt (October) & Boom Ravine (February 1917) before ending with a visit to the Thiepval Memorial to hear of a couple of lesser known stories of individuals commemorated on its walls. Overnight Hotel Moxy Central Amiens
1918 Day – Morning visit to Villers Bretonneux to study the British & Australian defence in April 1918, then we follow the incredible journey whippet tank ‘Musical Box’ in August 1918 before ending the day with a visit to the Cantigny Battlefield, 28 May 1918 and the US 1st Divisions first offensive of the war. A walk around Amiens town that evening including a visit to the famous Salon Godbert ends our day. Overnight Hotel Moxy Central Amiens
Depart Amiens for Calais via a relaxed visit to explore Montreuil, GHQ for the BEF and the recently restored equestrian statue of Sir Douglas Haig as well as his forward Headquarters at Beauquesne
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