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2017 Battlefield Tour – Allenby, Nivelle and the Hindenburg Line

27th April 2017 @ 8:00 am - 1st May 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Battlefield Tour, April 2017

Tour Report from Frank Baldwin which includes the famous Chanson de Craonne





Herewith a link to the dreaded Wikipedia entry on the Nivelle Offensive which, in the absence of very much material in English, is quite informative.



Battle of Malmaison by Tim Gale   Invalid download ID.


Nivelle Offensive by Tim Gale Download


Aftermath of Nivelle by Tim Gale Download


Guide to Researching the French Army in the Great War / First World War by Tim Gale   Download


Select Bibliography from Martin Alexander  Download


Herewith the dreaded Wikipedia link to the Arras offensive which is quite extensive:


SS143 Training of Platoons for Offensive Action




It's Time to Commit!

The organisation for the tour is now well underway and we wish to thank you all for your support, and for sending in your deposits so far in advance. As stated initially, these deposits were refundable if you found you were unable to attend - but we have now reached the time to seek your firm commitment to the tour.

We hope that you will all have seen the update in Mars & Clio on 20 December and now remind you that the cut-off date is the AGM on Saturday 18 Feb. If you do not tell us of your wish to withdraw before that date, we will assume you are attending and your deposits become non-refundable. Full payment of the outstanding amount will be needed before Fri, 24 March, as we will then have to pay the balance of the hotel and ferry costs.

For those who have requested single rooms, the remaining payment will be £400 (for a total of £650 as deposits of £250 per person have been paid) and for those who are sharing a double or twin room, the balance will be £450 per couple (i.e. £225 per person).

We are pleased to have been able to stay in line with the amounts originally mooted in our letter of 22 August last year.

Provisional Itinerary

This is an outline of the tour. Following the detailed recce at the end of March we will issue a firmer timetable.

Thurs 27 April: 08.00 approx Depart KCL, taking 12.05 ferry from Dover to Calais, and arrive Reims approx 16.00. First Group Dinner. Overnight Reims.

Fri 28 April: Reims area. The first of two days covering the Nivelle offensive. We will be looking at the three main sectors, Laffaux on the left, the Chemin des Dames between Soupir and Craonne in the centre and the French tank attacks around Juvincourt on the right. Champagne tasting. Overnight Reims.

Sat 29 April: Reims area most of day. We will continue our examination of the Nivelle Offensive, concluding with the Battle of Malmaison in October which, although taking place some months after the initial assaults, in many ways represents the culmination of the Offensive. Approx one hour drive to Overnight Arras.

Sun 30 April: Arras area. Whole day looking at experiences on the first day, the attempt to capture Monchy-le-Preux and a look at Bullecourt.  Overnight Arras.

Mon 1 May: Morning – Arras area. Conclude with Canadians at Fresnoy before lunch and then Afternoon - Return to London via 16.05 ferry from Calais to Dover.

During the tour Tony Cowan and Jack Sheldon will compare and contrast the German defensive operations and Tim Gale will lead on the French Army.

Contact Details:

Ian Brewer (G1, G4) ie for queries on the Hotel, food and drink, HR type questions

E-mail: i_j_brewer@msn.com Telephone: 01274 610309 or 07979198783

Address: 15 Strafford Way, Apperley Bridge, Bradford BD10 0UT

Andy Grainger (G2, G3) ie for queries on Stands, the Tour itinerary, timings

Email: andygbcmh@aol.com Telephone: 0208 286 8008

Address: 13 Pelham Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 1SU

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27th April 2017 @ 8:00 am
1st May 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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