Britain has a long and proud military history. The sacrifices made by our military over the centuries should never be forgotten and now you can retrace their steps or pay your respects with escorted tours from Leger holidays.
Leger Holidays are the UK’s leading Battlefield Tours operator. All their tours are escorted by a Specialist Battlefields Guide. Full information about their current tours, availability and prices can be found on their website.
The following text has been copied from the excellent Battlefield Guides produce by Major & Mrs Holt. They have produced a number of excellent guides for a number of European Battlefields as well as accompanying maps which can be found at our Amazon shop.
“It is most unwise to pick up any ‘souvenirs’ in the form of bullets, shells, barbed wire etc that may be found. To this day, farmers in the Ypres Salient and other areas, when ploughing fields turn up the sad remains of World War I soldiers, or bits of ammunition and equipment which they then pile up at the edge of the field, often under signposts or markers to be collected by army explosives experts. A few years ago, gas shells started to smoke alarmingly in Hooge Crater CWGC Cemetery, for example, and had to be safely removed. These remains of the war are called ‘The Iron Harvest’ and are extremely dangerous to handle. Explosions often occur with this volatile material, resulting in death or maiming. Cuts could cause tetanus or blood poisoning. Therefore, active searching for ‘souvenirs’ should be discouraged. It also seems more fitting to let such items find their way to local museums where they can be seen by generations of future visitors and where safe souvenirs can be bought.”