Dunkirk & Fortress Europe
The evacuation of more than 330,000 British and French troops from Dunkirk in May 1940 during Operation Dynamo, following the Battle of France, was one of the turning points of WW2. Four long years of occupation followed which saw the construction of the Atlantic Wall in this part of Northern France and Belgium, to prevent any Allied return.
Join your coach from a local departure point to the interchange where you will join your tour coach and fellow passengers for the crossing to the Continent. You will then check in at your hotel in Belgium for the next three nights.
The tour begins with a look at some of the fighting in the Battle of France in May 1940 by following the story of the Durham Light Infantry and Royal Welch Fusilliers at St Venant, seeing the memorial and nearby graves. At Cassell Hill you examine the last stand here by the Ox & Bucks and Glosters. Following lunch you visit the site at Wormhout where a massacre of British troops took place by the SS and then go into Dunkirk to visit the excellent War Museum of Operation Dynamo, followed by a visit to East Mole. The day finishes in the dunes of Dunkirk to remember the sacrifices of French troops in May-June 1940.
Returning to Dunkirk to see the Dunkirk War Cemetery and the Dunkirk Memorial to the Missing. At Bray Dunes you look at the story of the evacuation beaches and the ‘little ships’, forever connected to the Dunkirk story. At Eperlecques you see the massive Blockhaus, built as a launch site for V2 rockets. You then see a typical V1 Doodlebug ski ramp site, hidden in the woods near Morbecque and constructed to fire more than 2000 V1’s a day at London. In the evening there is a chance to join in on an optional visit to nearby Ypres for the moving Last Post Ceremony.
After breakfast you leave towards the Channel port for your journey back to the UK
Various dates in 2018 & 2019. Price from £319 per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room, single rooms are available on the payment of a supplement. Offers are subject to availability and can be withdrawn without notice.
3 nights accommodation including breakfast
Specialist Battlefield Guide
Convenient local joining points (some carry a small supplement)
Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service
Excursions as detailed in the itinerary
Museum entrance fees (€20 payable locally)
Items of a personal nature I.e. drinks
Lunches and dinners