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   2018 Liberation of Le Quesnoy 100th Anniversary Commemorative Tours
with Paris, Versailles & Armistice Day Extensions

  Innovative Travel is the official travel partner of Te Papa Museum Gallipoli Exhibition
   Tour 1: Sold Out
Tour 2: Space available
Extension: Space available (both tours)

   Tour 1 : Full

01 - 07 November
Tour: Brussels - Amiens FULL
07 - 12 November
Extension: Amiens - Paris
WWI Historian
accompanying tour
Prof. Damien Fenton
    Tour 2

30 Oct - 08 November
Tour: Paris - Brussels
08 - 12 November
Extension: Brussels - Paris
Tour hosted by former NZ
Ambassador Roy Ferguson
and his wife Dawn

 
Tour 3

Mini Tour ex Lille 

31 Oct - 05 November
Lille - Lille
Locally Guided

           

           

 
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   2019
Monte Cassino, Italy
May
75th Anniversary Tour
    2019
Normandy Landings, France
June
75th Anniversary Tour
 
2019
Anzac Day at Gallipoli
Turkey
coming soon
           


                                  
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During WWI, the Australian Imperial Force & the New Zealand Expeditionary Force joined to become the Anzacs. Roughly 517,000 young men, mostly volunteers enlisted in the Corps –a huge contribution from a combined population of fewer than 6 million inhabitants.
With courage and a sense of adventure they departed our shores to fight in strange and unknown lands.
This tour is a special opportunity to attend the 100th commemorations of the Battle of Passchendaele and follow Anzacs footsteps on the Western Front –from the battlegrounds of Flanders Fields in Belgium to The Somme in France – your opportunity to remember stories of great bravery and honour those who went before us and those who never returned.
With The Journey of Remembrance series, The Innovative Travel Company invites you to bring the past to life and explore in more depth the moving battlegrounds of the Western Front. Once a land of devastation and mud, today the area is green again and dotted with sites of remembrance honouring the fallen.
   

The Somme (France)

Longueval: site of NZ Division's first action on the Western Front and the original objective gained by the Division during the First Battle of the Somme, from which the successful attack on Flers was launched.

Arras: NZ tunnellers created a large underground military system used to hide troops and supplies in the preparation for the April 1917 surprise offensive in which soldiers emerged out of the tunnels to attack in front of enemy lines

Le Quesnoy: Site of the successful and last major NZ action on the Western Front.  Le Quesnoy was liberated by soldiers of the NZ Division by climbing the ramparts of the town (where a commemorative plaque is now located).

Somme Cemetery:
Caterpillar Valley Cemetery and NZ Memorial

Flanders (Belgium)

Messines:  The NZ Division took part in the Battle of Messines, a preliminary attack to the offensive on the Ypres Salient.  The battle began with the detonation of 19 mines under German lines.  The Division captured the village in 2 days and suffered 3600 casualties.

Passchendaele: following on from Messines the next offensive was to regain the high grounds of Passchendaele.  In spite of terrible weather conditions the NZ Division attacked at Gravenstafel and Bellevue, two spurs off the main Passchendaele ridge. Known as the Third Battle of Ypres or the Battle of Passchendaele, the total loss of life culminated in half a million dead, with the kiwis suffering 2700 casualties in just 4 hours at Bellevue Spur.

Passchendaele Cemeteries:
* Messines Ridge British Cemetery with its NZ Memorial and Obelisk
* Buttes New British Cemetery (Polygon Wood): NZ Memorial
* Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery



 Gallipoli - Anzac Cove
Justine Tyerman article



   


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