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30 Nov 2017
Encounters with the Great War

Encounters with the Great War

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As 2018 approaches, it gives one pause for thought to note we’re soon to enter the final centenary year of the First World War.

1918 contained some of the most important watershed moments in modern history, such as the signing of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, the Battle of Amiens, the collapse of the Hindenburg Line, and, of course, the eventual signing of the Armistice. It is a year you may well wish to mark with a World War One history holiday; an opportunity to learn more about the people behind these ground-breaking events: the poets, the politicians, the unfortunate pawns of war.

Uncover humanity in Flanders Fields: at Ypres, where preserved trenches still stand, or at Messines, where buried allied bombs gave off an explosion so loud it was heard as far away as Downing Street. Travel to Ploegsteert, scene of the Christmas ceasefire. And attend a poignant last post ceremony at Belgium’s Menin Gate Memorial.

In neighbouring France, the fields and cemeteries of the Somme offer a chilling insight into a battle in which around one million men were killed or wounded – with almost 60,000 British casualties in the first day of fighting alone.

With the knowledge of our highly expert guides, we hope to shine a light on some of Europe’s darkest days.