Ploegsteert Battlefield Experience in the heart of History
Ploegsteert Battlefield Experience in the heart of history.
It is now possible for individuals and groups of battlefield tours enthusiasts of the 1914-1918 Great War to tour the Ypres Salient, Ploegsteert, Fromelles and the Somme sectors with a qualified guide and a dedicated support team.
Half- or full-day tours covering sites of specific actions, in the Ypres area local cemeteries and memorials, locations of billets and 'back areas' where dignitaries and well-known figures served including Sir Winston Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA, Adolf Hitler, Sir Anthony Eden 1st Earl of Avon, KG, MC,PC, Albert Jacka VC, MC & Bar, General Sir John Monash GCMG, KCB, VD and Cartoonist Bruce Bairnsfather.
Custom-built tours can be arranged - you supply the detail, we'll do the rest. You can conduct the tour yourselves or, for more than two to three persons we will arrange and provide you with all you need. We specialize in full-day and multi-day tours, using an Opel Vivaro minibus – comfortable, fully-insured and fully-equipped for tour purposes - umbrellas, binoculars, digital maps, photographs, videos and refreshments etc.
The guides claim a sound knowledge of the Great War – what happened (and where it happened) in these sectors through information and experience gained over 30-years in meetings and discussions with many different authors and historians of the Great War. Claude Verhaeghe (Senior Tour Guide and owner of l'Auberge restaurant in Ploegsteert) spent literally months working with Ted Smith (co-author with Tony Spagnoly) in research for the book "A Walk Round Plugstreet".
He is frequently called upon for information and help from representatives of the Western Front Association, the British Legion and the BBC. Claude is also a member of the scientific committee of the "Plugstreet 14-18 Interpretation Centre" as well as a member of the organizing Committee responsible for the monthly sounding of Last Post at the Ploegsteert Memorial on the first Friday of every month throughout the year.
For the tours we use a fully equipped Opel Vivaro fully insured, air conditioned we can carry eight persons in full comfort.