The Government of Canada will mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge with commemorative ceremonies on 9 April, 2017, at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France and the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
Serving and retired members of the C&E Branch will attend commemorative ceremonies at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France, as well as visit other key battlefield sites and war graves, as part of a joint Royal Canadian Artillery and C&E Branch battlefield study tour. The tour is coordinated and serviced by Fields of Fire Tours: https://www.foftours.com.
We would like to thank all the sponsors who offered their generous support for this trip. The heritage continues through our endeavours together.
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In preparing for training events and operations, it is common to review post exercise reports and after action reports in order to become as familiar as possible with the expected environment. Four senior Branch members did a surprisingly similar Battlefield tour about a decade ago. Here is a briefing presented to the Signallers’ Club of Canada, which was compiled and presented by Col (Ret’d) Jim Holsworth. It has great photos, maps, and is directly relevant to our trip. Sigs Club Brief May 2008
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The tour will be a busy and informative trip, which will take us to Juno Beach and other sites in Normandy. These will include Verrieres Ridge, and the Abbaye d’Ardenne. We will then move to Dieppe where we will examine the beaches over which the 2nd Canadian Division stormed in August 1942.
We will then move to Ypres in Belgium where we will participate in the famous ceremony at Menin Gate. After a battlefield tour near Ypres we will move to Lille for the remainder of the trip.
Our first stop will be the battlefields of the Somme, where many of the lessons were learned that made Vimy possible. Our days around Vimy will be filled with ceremonies and memories. We will attend the unveiling of the new monument at Hill 70. Finally, our participation in the centenary commemorative ceremonies at Vimy Ridge will complete the tour agenda.
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Commemorative Battlefield Study Tour, 1-10 April 2017 – Day by Day Schedule
Note: This is a consolidated schedule for the joint RCA and C&E Branch tour, which includes 4 buses (up to 50 persons per bus). Two buses are allocated to the serving and retired members of the RCA (Gunner Bus 1 and 2) and two buses are allocated to the serving and retired members of the C&E Branch (Signals Bus 1 and 2). Buses will visit each site on a rotational basis so that we do not flood local facilities with 200 visitors en-masse.
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|Day||Gunner Bus 1||Gunner Bus 2||Signals Bus 1||Signals Bus 2||Notes|
Arrival at Airport
Depart on Assigned Buses
|Juno Beach Centre Outside Tour||Juno Beach Centre Inside Tour||Juno Beach Academy||Bernieres-sur-Mer & St. Aubin-sur-Mer Beaches||Canada 150 – C&E_Battlefield Study (rcsigs.ca)|
|Juno Beach Centre Inside Tour||Juno Beach Centre Outside Tour||Bernieres-sur-Mer & St. Aubin-sur-Mer Beaches||Juno Beach Academy|
|Bernieres-sur-Mer & St. Aubin-sur-Mer Beaches||Juno Beach Academy||Juno Beach Centre
|Juno Beach Centre
|Juno Beach Academy||Bernieres-sur-Mer & St. Aubin-sur-Mer Beaches||Juno Beach Centre
|Juno Beach Centre
|Beny Cemetery||Beny Cemetery||Beny-sur-Mer Cemetery||Beny-sur-Mer Cemetery||Group ceremony at Beny Cemetery|
|Pegasus Bridge||Abbaye d’Ardenne||Carpiquet Airfield||Point 67|
|Abbaye d’Ardenne||Carpiquet Airfield||Point 67||Pegasus Bridge|
|Carpiquet Airfield||Point 67||Pegasus Bridge||Abbaye d’Ardenne|
|Point 67||Pegasus Bridge||Abbaye d’Ardenne||Carpiquet Airfield|
|Green Beach (Pourville)||Red/White Beach (Dieppe)||Blue Beach (Puys)||Dieppe Memorials||The Dieppe Raid
Drive to Dieppe
|Dieppe Cemetery||Green Beach (Pourville)||Red/White Beach (Dieppe)||Blue Beach (Puys)|
|Blue Beach (Puys)||Dieppe Cemetery||Green Beach (Pourville)||Red/White Beach (Dieppe)|
|Red/White Beach (Dieppe)||Blue Beach (Puys)||Dieppe Memorials||Green Beach (Pourville)|
|Mont Sorrel Hill 62||Vancouver Corner (St Julian)||Cloth Hall Museum||Passchendaele||Drive to Ypres|
|Passchendaele||Mont Sorrel Hill 62||Vancouver Corner (St Julian)||Cloth Hall Museum|
|Cloth Hall Museum||Passchendaele||Mont Sorrel Hill 62||Vancouver Corner (St Julian)|
|Vancouver Corner (St Julian)||Cloth Hall Museum||Passchendaele||Mont Sorrel Hill 62|
|Thiepeval||Courcellette||Adanac Cemetery||Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel||Advance party to coord hotels in Lille|
|Courcellette||Adanac Cemetery||Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel||Thiepeval|
|Adanac Cemetery||Beaumont Hamel||Thiepeval||Courcelette Canadian Memorial|
|Beaumont Hamel||Thiepeval||Courcelette Canadian Memorial||Adanac Cemetery|
Vimy Battlefield Day
|Notre Dame de Lorette||Neuville German Cemetery||The Battle at Vimy Ridge||Lens 1915-18 Museum||Legion Magazine: “From the Somme to Vimy”
|Lens 1915-18 Museum||Notre Dame de Lorette||Neuville German Cemetery||The Battle at Vimy Ridge|
|Vimy Memorial||Lens 1915-18 Museum||Notre Dame de Lorette||Neuville German Cemetery|
|Neuville German Cemetery||Vimy Memorial||Lens 1915-18 Museum||Notre Dame de Lorette|
|Thelus Ceremony||Thelus Ceremony||Arras 1918||Givenchy-en-Gohelle|
|Vimy Ceremony||Vimy Ceremony||Vimy Ceremony||Vimy Ceremony|
|Depart for Paris||Depart for Paris||Depart for Paris||Depart for Paris|