January 25, 2020

    In late April this year, we’ll be boarding the Eurostar again, but this time heading to a new location – the northern French city of Arras.

    The weekend will see the six of us visiting the memorials and preserved trenches at Vimy Ridge on the Saturday. The Vimy Memorial...

    December 6, 2018

    The 2018 tour took in the Armistice Centenary commemorations in Flanders, marking 100 years since the war on the Western Front came to an end, and not surprisingly, bringing huge crowds to Ypres, the epicentre of the Salient and a deserved focus for the ceremonies at t...

    October 29, 2018

    Just under two weeks to go to the 2018 Armistice Centenary tour to Ypres, and we've now had confirmation from Battlefield Exploration that our guide for the day will be Johny Callandt.

    Johny was born in Ypres while the town was still recovering from the effects of the G...

    August 3, 2017

    I first spotted my ‘namesake’ Private Frank Appleby – many of you will already know my nickname from schooldays is Frank – on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing during the All Quiet on the Western Front tour in October 2008.

    Even though Pte Appleby’s name appeared on...

    May 10, 2017

    This year’s tour – Leger’s All Quiet On The Western Front - began at the more civilised time of 7.30am, with a smaller party than usual – just myself and Mike Abbott - travelling to Belgium by train. For the first stint to London we enjoyed the first-class breakfast ca...

    March 30, 2017

    Next month - 21 April to be precise – sees a detachment of the Driffield Historical (Battlefields) Society make their annual trip to the battlefield sites of Europe.

    This year due to prior commitments, a smaller than usual group of members will be making the journey to...

    August 17, 2016

    It may seem a long way off at the moment, but anyone who’s been within shelling distance of Ypres in the last few years will realise that the famous old Belgian city will be packed to the Cloth Hall rafters for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice in November 2018.

    Wi...

    May 2, 2016

     

    Another year, and another tour has come and gone, and once again a grand time was had by all in the Belgian and French countryside on Leger’s Tunnellers on the Western Front - The Underground War.

    Surprisingly good weather and a superb itinerary made this an excellent...

    March 31, 2016

    Well, it’s less than two weeks now until we head back aboard the good old cross-Channel ferries for our latest tour - The Underground War.

     

    We've now received the full itinerary, which is as follows:

     

    Day Two
     

    We begin our tour in Flanders where tunnelling for the Britis...

    January 27, 2016

    Unfortunately, due to lack of numbers, our trip to the Somme in April has been cancelled. The good news is that we have been able to switch to another excellent Leger tour departing the same weekend, so this year’s trip will now be:
     

    Tunnellers on the Western Front - T...

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