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WFA Chairman’s Tour – Advance to Victory – 5/8 October 2018


Price Per Person: £550:00 per person - £100:00 Deposit (£100:00 Single Supplement)


Hotel: Hotel Beatus, Cambrai - Limited to 25 spaces


Our second 2018 tour is planned to study the Advance to Victory - August - November 1918 from both sides of the wire.


Dr Jack Sheldon will again be joining Clive Harris as in previous years and the pair will consider the battlefield from Arras to the Sambre Canal via number of key locations from both a British and German perspective. As in previous WFA tours the initial day to day plan is intended for WFA members who have an interest in the Last Hundred Days to join ensuring the story of their relatives will become an integral part of the detailed itinerary.


The last two Chairman's tours have sold-out, so we decided to replicate the formula for both Western Front Association tours this year, our Chairman Colin Wagstaff will also join the tour to represent the association.


The Chairmans tours not only provide a comprehensive study of the campaign, the ground and the men that fought there, they offer an informal social few days on the 'old front line' for WFA members and the chance to continue 'remembering' a century on.


The tour will start at Ebbsfleet International Station offering convenient links from London rail hubs and in addition provides secure parking at a reasonable rate.


Transport via an executive standard coach and return channel crossing are also included throughout.


The tour is limited to 25 spaces to ensure quality and make this tour feel like a personal pilgrimage as opposed to a large coach group.


Personal visits to relatives or people of interest to you are positively encouraged and will be incorporated into the tour itinerary whilst these will be reflected as the group fills up a preliminary itinerary is planned as follows:

Day 1 - Friday 5 October 2018


Pick up in Ebbsfleet & Dover (first pick up around 10:30 hours) and onward transfer to Cambrai, stop at the Vis-en-Artois Memorial commemoration those missing from the Last Hundred Days, onroute Jack will discuss the tactical and operation development of both the BEF and German army in 1918, a welcome drink awaits us on arrival at the Hotel Beatus.


Day 2 - Saturday 6 October 2018


A full day on the Battlefield astride the Arras to Cambrai Road with morning visits to Upton Wood and the Rookery we consider the enabling actions that bring us close to the Hindenburg Line in this sector by British and Canadian Troops advancing on the Canal Du Nord, after time for lunch in a local cafe we spend the afternoon crossing the Canal Du Nord, study the capture of Bourlon Wood and the fighting for Cambrai before returning to our hotel.


Day 3 - Sunday 7 October 2018


Continuing our study of the advance we spend the morning studying the crossing of the St Quentin Canal at a number of locations, we then advance to Montbrehain before time for lunch in Cambrai. The afternoon sees on the Selle River with visits to a number of locations relevant to October 1918 before returning to our hotel.

Day 4 - Monday 8 October 2018


We spend our final morning looking at the battle for the Sambre Canal before heading back to Calais and onward travel to the UK, arriving at Ebbsfleet International for around 1600hrs.


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