The First World War

WORLD WAR 1

WW1 swept away the old order in Europe for ever. A combination of advances in military technology and civil logistics, particularly railways, meant that any future war would be both bloody and prolonged. The new Germany allied with the declining Austro Hungarian Empire felt themselves surrounded by enemies as their neighbours created a web of treaty obligations to contain the Triple Alliance. Combined with the ability for countries to mobilise and move troops across their borders faster than ever before this created a powder keg which, in 1914, would blow Europe apart. Find out how and why it all happened as you follow the footsteps of those who fought.

Ask us about tours of:

The Ypres Saliant A detailed tour of the saliant covering all three of the great battles fought there and including the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate

The Somme Where on 1st July 1916 the flower of British youth was destroyed in one morning. A national disaster or a necessary evil? We discuss how it happened and visit the ground where innocence was lost.

Vimy Ridge. Where prior to the victorious attack by Canadians in April 1917 nearly a hundred thousand Frenchmen had died in attempts to storm this vital feature. It was at Vimy Ridge that the spirit of the Canadian state was finally forged.

Amiens. By 1918 the new British Army had undergone a terrible process of learning about warfighting. At Amiens, in August 1918, the first real, large, all-arms battle met with enormous success. The first day was noted by Ludendorf as “The black day for the German Army”. After Amiens the Germans could only retreat. Sometimes called “The last 100 days” Amiens and the subsequent return to mobile warfare and breaking of the Hindenberg line show that the British Army had matured into the finest fighting machine of the war.

Canadians in WW1 A tour to follow the fortunes of Canada in WW1, visit Ypres,Vimy, The Somme and the battle of Loos (Where there are still some trenches intact if you know where to lookl!)

ANZACS in WW1 Together with the Canadians and Indians the Australian and New Zealand contribution to WW1 was vital to holding the ring in Europe. As well as seeing where ANZACs fought on the Western Front tours of Gallipolli can be arranged.

The AEF in WW1 The commitment of America to WW1 was to finally swing the pendulum against the Central Powers – At least until 1939. Visit the sites on which the US Army and Marines forged their proud future.

Whatever your interest in WW1, from a general desire to visit the battlefields where the war took place to an interest in just one particular individual soldier or Unit which took part we can help you realise the dream of being where history was made.

German front line trenches near Loos in 2007

The ruins of Ypres in 1917

War Cemeteries.

In 1917 the Imperial War Graves Commission was founded to properly record and bury those who fell. Now the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, this wonderful organisation still tends the many beautifully kept British military cemetaries world wide. A visit to these places, whether to visit a particular grave or just to see where our soldiers lie is a deeply moving experience.

Finding a fallen relative near Loos

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