This new tour led by Tony Scott and Julian Whippy is designed to give a taste of the events of May 1940 during the British withdrawal around Dunkirk and Calais. It will also study Hitler’s Cross Channel guns and Atlantic Wall defenses.
Often bypassed on the way through France, this four day tour offers mix of glorious coastal and inland walks interspersed with relevant memorial and museum visits
Friday 13 March 2020
Mid-morning meet at Ebbsfleet International and depart for Eurotunnel Crossing.
Begin with a visit to Calais ‘Town Hall’ and visit the nearby war museum before walking to our hotel stopping to see a number of relevant sites from 1940 along the way.
After checking into our hotel and a short briefing we commence a walk around the town visiting wartime sites
A short pre-dinner stroll past Fort Risben to the Green Jackets memorial on the quayside.
Return to hotel and evening at leisure where there are numerous bars and restaurants a two minute walk from the hotel.
Saturday 14 March 2020
Estimated 2 Hours
A short drive from the hotel to start our walk at the Statue of Hubert Latham (pre WW1 Aviation pioneer) where we discover his relevance to flying in the Great War.
A visit to the site of one of Hitlers cross channel guns (Batterie Lindemann) and dicuss his Atlantic Wall plans. Passing several German bunkers we then walk to the Dover Patrol Memorial and explain their function during the Great War. We then study the attacks on the area in 1944 in preparation for D Day & the effect/impact of Operation Fortitude. The traces of which are very visible today through the surrounding moonscape of bomb craters
Estimate 2 and including a visit to Musse Todt
Beginning with a visit to the Batterie Todt from Wissant we undertake a one hour woodland stroll exploring three of the abandoned ‘Turms’ of this coastal batteriee, ending at the fourth Turm that houses an excellent Museum.
Sunday 15 March 2020
Depart Hotel and drive to Wormhout Town centre (1 hour)
We head to the Plaine Au Bois, viewing ‘Dietrichs ditch’, British Memorial and Vanpees Farm, here we discover the awful events at the Barn and the excesses of the SS Troops in the area, including towards the civilian population. Meeting the coach we then drive to Esquelbecq CWGC where the fallen from the atrocity are buried.
Drive to Bergues for lunch stop and an orientation and explanation of final Canal Stop Line.
Starting at the Dunkirk Museum we walk to the East Mole via the edge of the docks, we then walk along a section of the esplanade to view the Memorial and beach area where evacuation took place, including the area where landing points were constructed. We end with a visit to the nearby Dunkirk CWGC and Memorial to the missing.
Monday 16 March 2020
Departing the Hotel after check out we take the short drive to La Barraques CWGC visiting the graves of a Lysander Crew alongside a number of Kings Royal Rifle Corps casualties from May 1940.
We end our tour with a pleasant short stroll through the sand dunes, passing several bunkers of Hitler’s Atlantic wall and ending at Fort Lapin, a Vauban design that was the site of a small action in May 1940. A final visit to Calais South Communal Cemetery sees us pay respects at the graves of 131 British soldiers and French allies in their Military Section, the Defenders of Calais in May 1940.
Onward journey and return to the UK and Ebbsfleet and dispersal.