Gunner Tours has been set up to provide battlefield guides and subject matter experts with Gunner expertise. The role of artillery and the experience of gunners is not well understood by the general public, Nor do many battlefield guides have the expert knowledge to explain gunnery matters.
D Day beaches and Landing Zones 6-9 July 2017
The Gunners were such a big part of the British Army that it is sometimes difficult to see the variety of units and their links.
A visit over a long weekend to the D Day beaches and landing sites. There is a gunner story on each beach and landing site. We will see the strength of the German defences and see where and how the Gunners helped to overcome them. We will explore the stories of the Gunners who took part, the planners, commanders and soldiers, heroes, poets and those who fell.
We follow the dramatic actions that changed the course of history. We will see where the inspired and imaginative planning helped the allies to land and the cleaver technology and techniques used by the Gunners. We will follow the story of the men who duelled with tanks and aircraft with skill and heroism.
This year, in addition to covering the Gunner D Day sights we will feature the stories of the Regiments of the South Nottinghamshire Hussars.
We will use the 150th (SNH) Field and 107th (South Notts Hussars) Medium regiment as examples of the Gunner experience in the Normandy campaign, and the stories that can be told of the many regiments. There it a fine story too. The original 107th (South Notts Hussars) Regiment RHA was overrun by Rommel’s Afrikakorps in the North African desert in 1942 in a very gallant action. Reformed around a cadre as 107th Medium Regiment they supported the Canadian battlegroup which closed the Falaise pocket trapping tens of thousands of the enemy. Their daughter unit, 105th (SNH) Field Regiment had landed soon after D Day and supported the 6th British Airborne Division for most of the Normandy campaign. Their actions included the often-overlooked advance to the River Seine, which gives us an excuse to visit the pretty town of Pont-l'Évêque.
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Western Front 2017 – 8-13 November 2017
The highlight of the year is a tour to cover the battles ofwestern front battles, with an emphasis on 1917. We have scheduled the tour to coincide with Remembrance weekend 9-13th November.
2017 is the Centenary of the battles of 1917. There is much more to remember in 2017 than the Third battle of Ypres and Passchendaele, the official commemoration of which on 31st July ,is the focus of media attention.
At the beginning of 1917 the allies thought they had learned the secret of attack, by cooperation between their artillery and infantry. The allies thought they had won the battle of the Somme and that the Germans were on the ropes.
The spring campaign opened with great success at Arras and Vimy Ridge, thanks, largely, to developments in artillery techniques and tactics. It was so successful that the cavalry and horse artillery were sent forward, but to no avail. The French attack on the Aisne failed and the French army mutinied.
The British made a successful attack at Messines in June, as the opening of an offensive to eliminate the U Boat menace from the Belgian coast. This was followed by the 3rd battle of Ypres. By this time the Germans had equipped themselves with powerful long range artillery and a secret weapon to hit at the Gunners – Mustard gas. The Gunners suffered heavily in this battle which dragged on for five months before halting on Passchendaele ridge.
The battles of 1917 did not end on Passchendaele ridge. The battle of Cambrai in late November is best known for the surprise first massed use of tanks. But it was only possible due to the first predicted barrage by the gunners. The German counter attack ten days later resulted in a desperate fighting over the guns and the award of two Victoria Crosses. Read more here http://baldwinbattlefieldtours.com/gunnertours/tours/western-front