World War 2 Battlefield Tours – 2018 (page 1)

The tour list gives the full index of all of our battlefield, pilgrimage and war graves tours covering the Second World War. Expanded details are also available in our brochure, contact us for a copy.

WORLD WAR 2: Retreat to Dunkirk, and Ypres visit

The story of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in 1940

31st May–3rd June
4 Days, 3 Nights

Day 1 – Coach departs Dover and heads towards Ypres where we look at some of the actions in that area during the BEFs (British Expeditionary Force) retreat to Dunkirk. We stay in the Ypres area for the next three nights.

Day 2 –Today we look at some of the actions along the shoulders of the corridor. We follow the
actions along the Ypres-Comines Canal line
including the unconventional counter attack
of the 2nd Cameronians. We then cover the
actions of 2 Division at La Basse Canal, we
will pass the spot where Rommel crossed the
canal, and progress to La Paradis where 80 soldiers of the Norfolk Regiment were massacred
after surrendering to the SS Totenkorf Division. We follow the defence of strong points at
Hazebrouck, Cassel and Wormhout, and visit the site of a further massacre of 80 soldiers
from the Warwickshire Regiment at Esquelbecq. In the evening we'll attend the Last Post
Ceremony in Ypres.

Day 3 – On our third day our coach will take us to the Dunkirk perimeter and evacuation beaches, where we will follow the line of the perimeter held by the BEF. We'll cover the actions, near Bergues, of Lt Ervine-Andrews of the 1st East Lancs, seeing where he won his VC, and those of Lt Jimmy Langley of the Coldstream Guards. We'll also look at the vital contribution of the Royal Artillery, the desperate defence of Furnes and of the contribution of the 12th Royal Lancers and Lt Smith of the Royal Engineers, in denying the Germans entry into the perimeter.

We then traverse the Evacuation Beaches and East Mole from where the bravery and improvisation of the Royal Navy, Merchant Marine and volunteer civilians enabled over 335,000 allied soldiers to be evacuated. We also visit the excellent museum dedicated to the Dunkirk evacuation and Operation Dynamo.

Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate.

Day 4 – Today we visit the Dunkirk Memorial to the Missing and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery to pay our respects to the fallen. Before heading back to Calais and visiting the Rifle Brigade Memorial before taking the ferry back to UK.

Defence of Dyle

Dunkirk Memorial

Can't make a trip? Want photographs of a Grave, Memorial or Battlefield site? Contact Ian at the War Research Society.

The tour to Dunkirk was an outstanding success. The fact that people on the tour were notching up their 15th tour says it all. I am sending an advance booking for next year.

Richard Bateman