AUSTRALIAN WAR SITES IN SOMMES: VILLERS BRETONNEUX, THE VICTORIA SCHOOL AND AUSTRALIAN MEMORIAL 12-13 Hours
Australian War Sites in Sommes
Tour Sites: Villers Bretonneux, the Victoria School and the Australian Memorial, Fromelles Cemetery
Private Tour Inclusions: private tour guide and transportation. NOTE: This can be customized according to where you are based and your desired sites.
Tours available from Paris via train or from Sommes or from Normandy with private transportation. Customize this. Inquire.
Tour of Australian War Sites in Sommes
Villers-Bretonneux became famous in 1918, when the German advance on Amiens ended in the capture of the village by their tanks and infantry on 23 April. On the following day, the 4th and 5th Australian Divisions, with units of the 8th and 18th Divisions, recaptured the whole of the village and on 8 August 1918, the 2nd and 5th Australian Divisions advanced from its eastern outskirts in the Battle of Amiens.
The memorial within Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, located 2 kilometers east of the village, is the Australian National Memorial erected to commemorate all Australian soldiers who fought in France and Belgium during the First World War, to their dead, and especially to those whose graves are not identified. There are now 10,739 Australian servicemen officially commemorated by this memorial.Today, you will visit Villers Bretonneux, the Victoria School and the Memorial. You then proceed to Battle of Fromelles museum where you will learn Australia’s role and the great sacrifice of the Allied soldiers during the Battle of Fromelles. You will also see Cobbers Memorial and VC Corner Australian Cemetery at Fromelles.A lunch stop is planned along the way. You will be driven to Paris after your visit here.