Battlefield Memorial Tours
Armistice in YPRES (3 days/2 nights)
Friday 10th – Sunday 12th November £295
On the 12th November we travel to the site of the horrific massacre at a barn in Wormhout during the retreat to Dunkirk in 1940.
As part of the retreat to Dunkirk, a British infantry division was holding the road that runs through Wormhoudt, to delay the German advance. The British troops were overrun by advancing German forces, having exhausted their ammunition supplies, the troops at this point surrendered. After their surrender, a large group of soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, as well as French soldiers in charge of a military depot were taken to a small barn in near Wormhout on 28 May 1940. The Allied troops had become increasingly alarmed at the brutal conduct of the SS soldiers en route to the barn, which included the shooting of a number of wounded stragglers. When there were nearly 100 men inside the small barn, soldiers from the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler massacred them using stick grenades and gun fire. Private Bert Evans managed to escape; Evans was the last survivor of the massacre. A total of 80 men were killed.
Today the barn has been rebuilt and the site dedicated as a memorial to the events of May 1940.
We depart early morning on the 10th November and travel via Eurotunnel to France, visiting Vimy Ridge en route before we arrive to stay at our hotel in Carvin. On the 11th November we travel to Ypres via Ploegsteert and the site of the Christmas Truce football match in 1914.
We attend the 11 o’clock Armistice service at the Menin Gate and then take lunch at a hill top restaurant on Mount Kemmel (included). In the afternoon we visit sites of interest in the Ypres Salient.
We spend the late afternoon/evening in Ypres with the opportunity to explore the town before returning to our hotel via the floodlight memorial at Hyde Park Corner.
"A very memorable conducted tour of the important battle sites, cemeteries and monuments of the Great War organised in a very friendly and professional way". PP Solihull.