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The Pursuit to the Hindenburg Line

Tour Code: S113

Follow a key period in the evolution of the First World War

Events at the the beginning of 1917 on the Western Front are often overlooked. Offensive operations resumed in January 1917, less than two months after the campaign on the Somme was closed down. This tour will show the Battle of the Somme in a new light, running all the way through to events which saw the Germany Army retreat up to 40 miles. 

Tour Type: Standard

Price: From £579pp

Tour Code: S113

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Day 1: After an early start we get to work with the situation on the Somme at the end of 1916. We will visit key sites and discuss the capture of Thiepval and the vantage point gained by the British Army over the valley of the Ancre. We will look further at the winding down of the offensive that was supposed to end the war in 1916, and the November fighting. 


Day 2: Today is dedicated to what happened next and we focus on Fifth Army restoring movement after a cold winter. We will look at both British and Australian actions as we examine the early fighting of 1917 and the beginning of the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line. 


Day 3: Our third day is dedicated to Fourth Army and the resumption of offensive operations. We will look at actions at the Butte de Warlencourt, Bouschavesnes-Bergen, Sorel and Fins. We will also look at the end of the pursuit to the Hindenburg line and what this meant for future operations in this sector, before we head for home. 

This itinerary is also available as a bespoke/private tour for groups. It can also be adjusted to cater for more specific interests. Please enquire for availability. 


Travel to and from Belgium from the UK

Air conditioned transport

3 & 4* hotel accommodation with breakfast

City taxes

Entry to museums and sites

Bottled water


Lunches and evening meals

Meet the Team

Andy Lock is completing a PhD that focuses on tactical developments on the Western Front. He is a seasoned tour guide, teacher, and is also Blackheath Rugby Club’s official historian. He likes nothing more than delving deep into the detail of First World War actions.

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