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2017: 01 - 15 October: WWI  - Passchendaele Western Front 100th Anniversary   Tour Host:  Dr. Stephen Clarke
   
2017: 10 - 22 October: WWII - Egypt & El Alamein 75th Commemorations              Tour Host: Rene Wilson
   

   

2017: Passchendaele 100th Anniversary
Western Front

1-15 October 2017 (15 days)
** GUARANTEED DEPARTURE **
** 6 ROOMS LEFT **

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Innovative Travel is pleased to introduce tour host Dr Stephen Clarke, war historian and former RSA Chief Executive.
 

Stephen's in-depth interest in WW I history began with specialist degrees from NZ and Australian universities and later five years as Chief Executive of NZ RSA. He has been closely involved with many major national commemorative projects, such as the return from the Somme of the Unknown New Zealand Warrior in 2004 and a major programme to raise the awareness in NZ for the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele in 2007. Since 2011, Stephen has worked with government, museums and organisations in New Zealand & the UK including the Royal British Legion in London; with the key focus on the 1st World War Centenary. Projects included involvement with the momentous poppies installation at the Tower of London, the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall and Remembrance Sunday in Whitehall. In 2015 he co-hosted a large NZ focused tour to Gallipoli for the 100th anniversary on Anzac Day 2015.
Like many New Zealanders Stephen has personal family connections to the Western Front in The Somme and at Passchendaele. His historical knowledge and personal connections on the Western Front will ensure this is an amazing journey. In association with World War Tour specialist Innovative Travel, you are warmly invited to join this very special commemorative tour.

   
 
   
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



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