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Australian 1 day Somme Tour

A full day visiting the sites associated with Australian courage and sacrifice on the Somme in both 1916 and 1918. Essential sites include the village of Pozieres, scene of the most costly battle in Australia's history, where 23,000 men were killed or wounded in six weeks. Nearby is Mouquet Farm, where the Australians and Germans fought a bloody action in August 1916.

Also spend time exploring the British sites associated with the Battle of the Somme, including the massive 30-metre-deep Lochnagar Mine Crater, the Thiepval Memorial (where the names of 72,000 missing men are recorded) and the preserved trenches at the Newfoundland Memorial Park.

Our attention will then turn to the 1918 battles on the Somme, with a visit to Villers-Bretonneux, the town that was liberated by Australian troops on Anzac Day 1918. Here we will visit Victoria School (with its wonderful small Australian museum), Adelaide Cemetery (where Australia's Unknown Soldier lay before being reinterred in Canberra in 1993) and the imposing Australian National Memorial, where the names of nearly 11,000 Australians with no known grave in France are recorded.

We will also visit the site of the crash of the Red Baron in 1918, the scene of the great Australian victory at Hamel.

Lochnagar Crater
Pozieres and Gibraltar dugout and viewing position.
Mouquet Farm
Red Barons crash site
Cachy (battleline and defences)
First 'tank on tank' position
Victoria museum
Le Hamel
Villers Brettoneux Cemetery and Memorial
Adelaide cemetery

Optional visits:
Bullecourt Digger Memorial
Slouch Hat