Whilst the Dawn Service at Gallipoli is famous the world over with both Australians and New Zealanders as the most revered of the overseas Anzac Day ceremonies, the ceremony at Villers-Bretonneux, first initiated in 1998has rapidly gained ground as “the” ceremony to attend if you are in Europe or the UK. On 25 April 2016, it is the anniversary of the Second battle of Villers-Bretonneux. Join us for this very sacred event.
In 2016 we are operating a SPECIAL RETURN DAY TOUR from London to Villers-Bretonneux in France for the Australian Anzac Day Dawn Service. Villers-Bretonneux is famous as the area where the Germans nearly broke through the Allied defences during the German spring offensive of 1918. The German High Command worked out that if they captured Amiens, then push quickly to the coast they would split the Allied Forces in two and win the war – or at least sue for peace on their terms. Their first major offensive had actually reached to within ten miles of Amiens, before being stopped in the first battle of Villers-
Bretonneux. Brigadier General Grogan VC, who saw the attack on Villers-Bretonneux, described the successful counter attack by night at short notice across unknown and difficult ground as “perhaps the greatest individual feat of the war”. The Allied Supreme Commander, Marshal Foch, referred to the “altogether astonishing valiance” (valour) of the Australians.
Dates: 24-25 April 2016
Costs: £248 per person