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BATTLEFIELD TOURS, STAFF RIDES, BATTLEFIELD STUDIES AND REALITIES OF WAR TOURS

Guided by people who understand Guns and Gunnery and their impact on war 

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New Tour programme for 2017

We offer tours coverering the centenary battlefields of 1917 and the key First World War battles of the Western Front and the D Day Beaches and landing grounds.  

D Day beaches and Landing Zones 6-9 July 2017 

D Day beaches & landing ground here.

We have also arranged a tour to the Normandy battlefields to see the artillery side of the D-Day story. This draws on some of the latest research about the role of the artillery and some of the stories that have been forgotten.

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.


Read more here 


Gunners on the Western Front:   9-13 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 

Gunners on  D Day - Battlefield Guide Map Available 

You can obtain a unique guide prepared for the British Army which is a guide to the Royal Artillery story of the actions on the D Day Beaches and landing grounds. Details here 

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Groups 

Tours for groups, battlefield tours, pilgrimage and battlefield studies – ask us for a quote!

Ex Tartan Cassino 19 Regiment RA Battlefield Study October 2016 

Ex Vatican Cypher 1st Regiment RHA Battlefield study focusing on the moral componant June 2016


26 Regiment RA

53 Louisburg Battery

307 Battery South Notts Hussars

59 Battery 2nd Army Training Regiment

1st Artillery Brigade 

40 Field Regiment RA

HQRA 4th Atrmoured Division 

Gunner Tours provides tours  for people interested in artillery on the battlefield.  It is designed for:-

  
-   Groups seeking to understand the part artillery played in battles throughout history 

  

- Those  interested in the development of artillery technology and tactics.

 

- Those seeking to Understand the experience of the men and the few women who served the guns.

 

Gunner Tours are led by Gunners. Our Guides know how the part played by artillery, its technology and tactics. 

They can bring to life the stories of the guns.

Gunner Tours has been set up to provide battlefield guides and subject matter experts with Gunner expertise to inform visits to Battlefields.  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 .. 

Even in the serving army, many gunners are unaware of the part their predecessors played other than, perhaps, the battle which gave them a battle honour.  As we approach the centenary of the Great War .many people with family or service connections deserve to have the chance to hear the Gunner side of the story..