About our Somme Tours
The Battle of the Somme (French: Bataille de la Somme, German: Schlacht an der Somme), also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire.
It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the River Somme in France. It was one of the largest battles of World War I, in which more than 1,000,000 men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.
- Upcoming Dates
J17 – Somme 102nd – June
5 day tour | 7 Places
J18 – Le Hamel 100th & Villers Bretonneaux – Jul
4 day tour | 7 Places
We usually base ourselves at the 3 star hotel Beatus in Cambrai, France.
Whilst this tour, like all of our tours, is individually designed according to the relatives we are following, we will attend some of the following;
Beaumont Hamel. Here we visit preserved trenches and follow the exploits of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment on the 1st of July, 1916. Of over 800 men who attacked in the second wave, only 69 answered roll call the following morning.
Lochnagar Crater. This was one of several mines exploded by the British at 0728 hours on the 1st of July, 1916.
Hawthorn Ridge Crater. This mine was exploded 10 minutes before the attack on the 1st of July at 0720 hours. Here we also visit the sunken Road where many of the Lancashires attacked from on the 1st of July.
Villers Bretonneux. As well as the Australian Memorial to their Missing in France (nearly 11,000) we visit the Museum in the school in the town. This town was re-captured by mainly two Brigades of Australians on Anzac Day, 1918.
Poziers and Mouquet Farm. These were attacked by 3 Australian Divisions. In 45 days during 19 attacks, some 23,000 became casualties.
Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. Over 72,000 names are recorded on this, the largest British War Monument in the world, including 833 South Africans. At the visitor centre we gain an overview of the 1916 battle of the Somme.