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Cambrai & the Hindenburg Line Tour

Anneux Cemetery

Cambrai & Hindenburg Line Tour:  Suggested Three-Day Itinerary 

Day 1 (Outward):  Local pick-up & travel to Dover. Ferry to Calais. Onward travel to your accommodation in Arras (B&B for two nights). Check-in & evening free. (Note: A version of this itinerary with an abbreviated tour of the Somme is also available for groups wishing to travel via P&O North Sea Ferries sailing overnight from Hull. Please ask our staff for details).

Day 2 (Cambrai):
  The first massed assault by more than 400 tanks demonstrated the potential of armoured vehicles on the battlefield. The initial success could not be fully exploited, due  primarily to a lack of reserves & the vulnerability of the Mark IV to breaking down.  Visits to:
  • Bonavis:  The Hindenburg Line defences & changes in German tactics after the Somme.
  • St Quentin Canal & Masnieres Bridge: The fate of Flying Fox & the Fort Garry Horse.
  • Good Old Man Farm:  "A" Battalion & Lt. Richard Wain, the Tank Corps' first VC.
  • Havrincourt Wood:  One of the tank assembly points behind the British lines.
  • Canal du Nord & Havrincourt:  62nd Division assault & tank/infantry co-operation.
  • Flesquieres:  The Tank Memorial at Cambrai.
  • Flesquieres Ridge:  51st Highland Division assault & the reasons for its relative failure.
  • Orival Wood:  The German artillery & the myth of the "lone gunner of Flesquieres."
  • Bourlon Wood:  The German counter-attack & the end of the battle.
  • Louverval Memorial to the Missing of Cambrai:  Records the names of 7,058 casualties.

Depart from the Cambrai battlefield & return to accommodation in Arras. Evening free.

Day 3 (Hindenburg Line): The formidable defences of the Hindenburg Line were overwhelmed by British, Australian & American troops on 29th September, 1918. Six weeks later, the Armistice was signed. Visits include: 

  • Maissemy German Cemetery:  Evidence of the failure of the Ludendorff Offensive.
  • St Quentin Canal:  The main assault on the Canal was between Bellenglise & Bellicourt.
  • Riqueval Bridge: Captured intact during the assault on the St Quentin Canal. 
  • Tennessee Memorial:  The significance of US intervention & the American army in WWI.

Depart for Calais & ferry crossing to Dover. Return to your local drop-off point. A hypermarket visit can be included en-route.

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