Kaiser’s Battle – Operation Michael

About the tour: Kaiser’s Battle – Operation Michael

Tour Introduction

On 21st March 1918, during World War 1, the Germans launched Operation Michael, or the Kaiserschlacht as it became known: the Kaiser’s Battle. German troops attacked from near Cambrai to south of St Quentin. On the centenary of this battle we visit the ground and remember events from 1918. Near St Quentin, we visit cemeteries commemorating the dead and battle sites such as Manchester Hill and Holnon Wood. For the centenary we will commemorate the events either at the major ceremony or at our own ceremony on the battlefield. Before we return home, we will also take a look at the battlefield sites on the Somme and seeing how the British and Australian troops pushed back the Germans.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Battlefield visits as described
  • Local joining points
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Once you have booked your battlefield tour either online, or by telephone (01709 385 624), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can -

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Regional departure by coach, then to our hotel in northern France or Belgium, where we stay for four nights.

Day 2 - Manchester Hill and Vadencourt

Today we start on the March 1918 battlefields near St. Quentin seeing some of the key locations connected with the fighting here including Grand-Seraucourt British Cemetery, Manchester Hill, Savy, Holnon Wood, Vadencourt British Cemetery and Ham.

Included meals: Breakfast

Key Visits

  • Manchester Hill
  • Grand Seraucourt British Cemetery
  • Savy
  • Holnon Wood
  • Vanencourt British Cemetery
  • Ham

Day 3 - Arras and Pozieres

On 21st March we will attend any major ceremonies in the area or have our own short ceremony on the battlefield. On this day we will also visit both the Arras and Pozières Memorials which commemorate those who died in March 1918 as well as the Historial Museum at Peronne.

Included meals: Breakfast

Arras Memorial

Arras Memorial (2)

Key Visits

  • Arras Memorial
  • Historial Museum at Peronne

Day 4 - Epehy and Villers-Bretonneux

We return to the Somme battlefields and look at the continued advance of the German troops in March-April 1918 visiting Fins, Epehy, Villers-Guislan and Gauche Wood. After lunch we look at the conclusion of the battle around Villers-Bretonneux in April 1918, seeing where Australia and British troops brought the German advance to an end.

Included meals: Breakfast


Villers-Bretonneux (2)

Key Visits

  • Villers-Bretonneux
  • Fins
  • Epehy
  • Gauche Wood

Day 5

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Specialist Battlefield Guides

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

Please note: On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.

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You will stay for four nights at a minimum 3-star hotel in Belgium or northern France. Full details of your hotel will be advised with your travel documents.

Travel Options

All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from.

Travel Extras

With an overnight stay or the option to meet us at the interchange, our travel extras allow you to create a travel experience to suit your needs...

Stay overnight near Dover

Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £38 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

Join coach at Interchange

Join your tour coach at the interchange.

On most tours if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines.

Excludes tours to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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Call our friendly advisors on: 01709 385 624