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Battlefield tour - September 2017 - France

Posted by firsttankcrews on August 27, 2017 at 4:50 PM

Relatives and Friends of the First Tank Crewmen are visiting France on 16-17 September to see where the tankies fought in Autumn 1916 and Spring 1917.

f you are on the Somme or near Arras, and would like to join us for part of one or both days, the planned timings and RV locations are as follows:

Saturday 16 September 2017

10.00 a.m. Tank Replenishment - 14 Sep 1916 (Pozieres Memorial to the Missing)

10.30 a.m. Attack on Courcelette - 15 Sep 1916 (Rue de Courcelette includes a 2 km walk on tracks)

12.30 p.m. Tank Actions - 25 and 26 Sep 1916 (Le Ballon Crossroads between Courcelette and Martinpuich)

13.00 p.m. Capture of Martinpuich - 15 Sep 1916 (Martinpuich British Cemetery)

13.30 p.m The First Tank Action - 15 Sep 16 (Delville Wood near Longueval)

14.15 p.m. The Kiwis Attack - 15 Sep 1916 (New Zealand Memorial - Longueval)

15.30 p.m. Dinnaken's action - 15 Sep 1916 (Place des Britanniques in Flers)

15.50 p.m Die Hard and Dolly destroyed - 16 Sep 1916 (AIF Burial Ground near Flers)

16.30 p.m Brothers in Arms - 15 Sep 1916 (Ginchy to Morval Road)

17.30 p.m. Commemorations (Grove Town British Cemetery)

Sunday 17 September 2017

10.30 a.m. Tanks at Bullecourt - 11 Apr and 3 May 1917 (between Ecoust and Bullecourt)

12.30 p.m The capture of the Harp - 9 Apr 1917 (Tilloy British Cemetery)

13.30 p.m. The capture of Monchy - 11 Apr 1917 (Southern outskirts of Monchy)

There is no charge to join us but a donation to our commemoration costs would be appreciated

If you could like to take part, contact me on [email protected]

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