Tour Over Three Days (One full day and two half days) -
Cost Includes your Vehicle, Driver and One Passenger
Extra Adults £299 each, Children 5-15 £150, Under 5s free.
More information on what is included is available HERE
Battlefieldsby4x4offeraguidedtourstartingfromCambrai.Overthreedayswewill travelthroughthelanesandvillagesthatwereintheforefrontofthelargesttank action that had ever taken place.AlthoughfirstusedinactionjustnorthoftheSommebattlefields,inSeptember 1916whereaCaptainoftheKSLIdescribedas“AnewengineofWar,apetrol-driven armouredcar,termedtheTank”itwasinthe1917BattleofCambraithatover470BritishmarkIVtankswentintoaction.Fromthe historictownofCambrai,whichhadsurrenderedtotheBritishaftertheBattleofWaterlooin1815,wefollowsomeofthetracksthat those tanks took as they lumbered towards their objectives.Fromthehotelwewillfollowthetracksfromtherailwayunloadingdepots,pastandthroughwoodsthatretaintheoriginaltrenchlines oftheprecedingbattles.Thetracesoftheirmachinegunfirecanstillbeseeninthebuildingsthathavesincebeenrepairedandput backintouse.EnroutewevisitsomeoftheimmaculatelymaintainedcemeteriesoftheCommonwealthWarGravesCommission,that containthegravesoftheinfantryandofmanyofthecrewsthatmannedthesetanksastheymovedforwardat4mphtoattackthe defenses of the Hindenburg Line. Inthespaceofjustseventeendays,andoverasmallareaofthecountrysidethelossesonbothsideswereconsiderable,figuresthat westruggletocomprehendtoday-TheBritishhad44,000casualtiesincludingmorethan20,000woundedand7,048missing.The Germanscaptured9,000prisoners,165guns,600machinegunsandmorethan90tanks,butindoingsosustained41,000casualties including 11,000 prisoners with 145 guns and 456 machine guns that fell into British hands. ThealreadyweakenedbridgecrossingtheCanalduNordatMasniereswasattemptedinatankalmostacenturyago,withcatastrophic consequencesforthebridge.Luckilytodaythereplacementisstandingfirm.WewillcrossthecanalinthefootstepsoftheCanadian Divisions. TheTourwillbetreatedtoashortfilmintheHotel,andatalkfromthepatronPhilippeGorczynskiwhowasresponsibleforresearching, finding and excavating “Deborah” D51 the WW1 tank that is now displayed not far from Cambrai and that is visited during the Tour
Day 1Independent travel to the agreed meeting point (details confirmed in advance of departure date)12h30 to 13h30Arrival at meeting point, explanations, questions, distribution of Tour material, 14h15 to 17h30 An afternoon trip along some local lanes with commentary17h15 to 18h00Arrive at the hotel19h30 to 23h00Optional evening meal in the hotel (recommended) or free evening in townDay 209h30Depart hotel via supermarketDuring the day we will travel at a pace to suit all visiting Cemeteries and sites such as the off-loading areas first used by the tanks, remains of trench lines, front line positions, the Cambrai Memorial17h30 to 18h30Return to hotel, the evening is free for you to spend as you wishDay 309h30Depart hotel, Visit to the private museum and ‘Deborah’ the recovered tank that supported the 29th Division. We continue our day of battlefield sights and lanes traveling west towards Arras, crossing the Hindenburg line, the Canal du Nord and Bourlon Wood.13h00 to 13h30Approximate arrival in the centre of Arras 14h00Farewell(Non-contractual Tour example, subject to alteration when necessary – all times are local)For more information and to see what is included or not included in each tour, click here