The Great War 1914-18
2014 marked the 100th Anniversary of the 1st Battle of Ypres, whilst 2017 will see the 100th Anniversary of the 3rd Battle of Ypres (The Battle of Passchendaele). For four long years Flanders Fields was the scene which epitomised the horrors of the Great War. Four major battles were fought here and more than 250,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers gave their lives. The landscape of the region still has many tales to tell allowing you to discover the stories, tragedy and bravery of the soldiers who fought there.
Ypres, lies at the heart of the Salient and during the war the city was under almost constant bombardment, reducing it to ruins. At the heart of Ypres stands The Menin Gate which marks the route many soldiers took on their journey to the front line and is poignantly the location of The Menin Memorial to the Missing. Each evening the 'Last Post', the traditional final salute to the Fallen, is still played in honour of the British Empire soldiers who lost their lives.
The Ypres Salient has the unenviable reputation of having more cemeteries and monuments than any other sector of the Great War, and the memory of those soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice lives on through these and the many sites and museums to be found in this area.
Our tours offer a truly emotional and humbling experience into a war that reached out and touched everyone's life in some way. Hear the stories of what life was like at the front line and for those left at home and learn about the contribution of the Commonwealth soldiers.
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