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3 Days History tour itinerary for belgium: Remember The Bygone Stories Of American Soldiers

Amiens, Arras, Brussels, Lille

Battlefield
Battlefield Tour
Education
Education Tour
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History Tour
Personalised Pilgrimages to the Western Front
Remember the bygone stories of American Soldiers

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Visit the sites associated with Americans who served in northern France and Belgium. Although the bulk of the American Forces fought East of Paris, some 200,000 Americans served, at one time or another in this area. 

DAY 01

Lille- Ieper

American Volunteers

  • Meet your Europe history guide at Lille and drive to Ieper (Ypres) in Belgium and orient ourselves with a visit to landmarks and the Flanders Fields Museum

  • On this day, explore the service of Americans in the Ypres area. Many Americans served as volunteers with the British and Canadian forces.

  • See the battles of 1914 And 1915 through the eyes of Americans such as Frederick Coleman. An American businessman living in London, Coleman answered a call from the Royal Automobile Club for car owners to volunteer to support the British Expeditionary Force.

  • Notice where Stanley Willis wood from Kansas city fought. A regular US Officer, Wood commanded a company in the Canadian Highlanders. This gallant officer fell at the head of his men at Mount Sorrell a Canadian battlefield.

  • Tour where Canadian Doctor John MacCrae wrote the poem In Flanders Fields, which inspired American poet Moina Michael’s response and the origin of the Poppy as a symbol of Remembrance.

  • Follow the story of Edward Revere Osler, the great, great, grandson of patriot Paul Revere, who served in the Canadian Red Cross then as an officer in the Royal Field Artillery where he was killed in the mud of the Passchendaele offensive.

  • See how the medical services worked, hear their stories and visit the places they worked at. Professor Harvey Cushing was already an eminent neurosurgeon at the start of the first world war and an early volunteer to serve with the British and French. Soon after the entry of the US into the war, Cushing deployed with an American Medical column which supported the British in Flanders during the horrific third battle of Ypres. 

  • Visit the Vierstraat memorial to the AEF 27th and 30th divisions that captured the area in 1918 and we here about the stories of the men for whom this was their introduction to the battle. You visit some preserved trenches.

  • In the evening, attend the last Post service held every day at 8 pm at the Menin Gate. Lay a wreath to commemorate and remember the soldiers who served here.

Overnight Ieper

DAY 02

Ieper- Le Hamel - Cantigny- Bony

Americans in Picardy

  • Pass across the 1916 battlefield. The villages of Serre and Puisieux were close to the fateful front of the 1916 battle but liberated by the 80th US Division in 1918. We will also hear the stories of some of the Americans who served in 1916.

  • Drive to le Hamel near Amiens and see where American troops helped to stop the German 1918 offensive and turn the tide alongside the Australian Corps on July 4th, 1918. 

  • South of the Somme lies the village of Cantigny. The 1st US Division took over this sector on April 27th 1918, the first on an active battlefront to be placed under American command. On May 27th, the 1st Division carried out a model, successful attack supported by French artillery and tanks.

  • Travel back across the 1916 battlefield to visit the village of Belloy-en-Santerre and see the memorial to the American War poet Alan Seeger who fell here on July 4th, 1916 as a French foreign legionnaire in the capture of this village.

  • Move east to see where the part that the US IInd Corps played in the British Army’s successful attack on the Hindenburg Line in 1918, and their operations following up the Germans.

  • End the day at the Somme American Cemetery at Bony. Where 1,844 American soldiers who fell on the Somme battlefields lie and 333 missing are commemorated.

Overnight Arras

DAY 03

Arras Lille

In Flanders Fields

  • Depart hotel and drive to Vimy Ridge, a preserved battlefield and site of major action by the Canadian army corps.

  • Hear the stories of Americans who served with the Canadian Army. There is a wild west connection. Lieutenant Tolford Hamilton Murray who died leading a mounted patrol is believed to be a veteran of the 7th US Cavalry, while Private Joseph Standing Buffalo, grandson of Sitting Bull is buried a few miles away.

  • Visit the international memorial at Lorette de Notre Dame which list 580,000 names of the men of all nationalities who died in the Region du Nord.

  • Return to Belgium as see where some 45,000 Americans fought in the Army of the King of the Belgians, in their advance across America’s own Flanders Fields in October and November 1918.

  • Follow their route from Waregem to Audenaarde, where the American 37th Division seized crossings over the over Scheldt and their pursuit. From there were visit the American Flanders Fields Cemetery.

  • Return to Lille.

  • 1200 GBP Per Group
  • Europe tour guide services.

  • Research into personal stories. This is what is special about these tours. A battlefield historian will carry out some research to find the locations relevant to individuals of interest to you.  For example, the guide will explain what the service record means and cross-reference the war diaries and history books to find places where that person's unit served and even where they became a casualty. 

  • Maps and other supporting material handout.

  • Accommodation: Can recommend hotels and hostels to suit your preferred standards and the itinerary.

  • Meals: Can recommend restaurants to suit your taste and the size of your group. For large groups, menus can be recommended. Can picnic in good weather. Budget around 10-15 Euros for lunch and 25-50 euros for an evening meal.

  • Guide accommodation and subsistence: If you want the guide to provide an informed company during the evening, book the guide into the same hotel. Otherwise, they will stay in budget accommodation.

  • Transportation: This will depend on the size of your group. Can advise and book suitable transport and drive or share the driving.

  • Museum entrances

  • This is more than a guided tour. This is an offer of a personalised visit to the battlefields of the western front with an itinerary that is tailored to your interests. Can adjust the itinerary to include locations and topics that are specific to you. If you want to visit the graves of a soldier or the places where they served, the guide will do the best to find out the background to what happened and why. Cover the main sites of interest to the Australian visitor, but will do it, as far as possible through the experiences of the people of most interest to the guests.

  • You are charged for the guide’s time. Everything else is charged at cost, to keep the cost down for you, the guests.

  • Happy to adjust this tour around commemorations for Armistice day.

Amiens, Arras, Brussels, Lille

Battlefield
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