Battlefield tour 100th yr Passchedaele
The Passchendaele Experience
Battlefield Tour 2017
To commemorate the three battles of World War 1 in the Passchendaele area the Medway Branch are proposing to organise a 5 Day WW1 Tour looking at the three battles that took place around the Ypres area known as Passchendaele The proposed dates are from Friday 11th August until Tuesday 15th August 2017.
The brief itinerary is as follows:
Day 1 - Depart from Sgts Mess, Brompton Barracks at about 11am; travel to Folkestone then train to Calais then onto Belgium for a four night stay at the Novatel in Ypres with Breakfast included.
Day 2 - Often known as the First Battle of Ypres Nov 1914, this is a series of named battles that also form part of the outflanking encounter. It becomes a desperate epic fight east of the city of Ypres which finally results in stalemate and entrenched warfare.
Day 2 - May 1915 was known as the Second Battle of Ypres, this began with surprise German attack using poison gas against French North African forces holding defences near Ypres. Both sides rushed reserves in and the battle developed into the second epic in that area. British Second Army withdraws to a shorter line near Ypres
Day 3 day in Ypres, museum, dining, drinking, golfing.
Evening Last Post Parade Standards etc
Day 4 - July 1917 the British finally got what they had wanted since 1914: the opportunity to attack at Ypres and breakout of the confines of the salient of trenches around it. Often known as the Third Battle of Ypres or Passchendaele, the offensive began with encouraging gains but terrible summer weather soon bogged it down. by August the offensive was clearly failing in its objectives and had descended into attritional fighting. New techniques by both sides led to agonisingly slow forward movement for the British, at enormous cost in casualties. Bad weather in October led to the battlefield becoming an impossible quagmire
Day 5 - Return Journey arriving at Sgts Mess Brompton Barracks at about 14:00hrs
Parking will been arranged for those that would wish to leave their private cars at the barracks for the weekend. The price based on a minimum of 50 passengers travelling is £320 per person sharing a twin/double room. (breakfast included) There is a single room supplement per person per night. Lunch and evening meals are to be paid for by individuals attending.
We have managed to secure Iain McHenry again who will lead us through the experiences that our comrades of 100 years ago suffered.
Seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Anyone wishing to attend should complete and return the attached proforma to Mark Finn firstname.lastname@example.org or Graham Doughty at email@example.com ASAP. The details within the proforma are required for the coach and tour operator.
A deposit of £200 per person will be required with returns: