2018: Villers-Bretonneux Centenary Anzac Day
Where, on Anzac Day 1918 in a savage and wild night battle, the Australians retook Villers-Bretonneux from the Germans, halting the German 100 day advance and saving Amiens, and forever changed the course of the war in the allies favour.
*Brigadier General Grogan VC, who saw the action, described the successful counter attack by night across unknown and difficult ground, and at short notice as "perhaps the greatest individual feat of the war". The Allied Supreme Commander, Marshal Foch, referred to the "altogether astonishing valiance" of the Australians".
Our special Centenary Tours: (links below)
"Pompeys Mob" *FULLY BOOKED - On application only.
"Anzacs Remembered" (Deluxe) *FULLY BOOKED - On application only.
"Day Tour": Paris *ON APPLICATION ONLY
"Day Tour": London *ON APPLICATION ONLY
NEW! Exclusive Platinum small group tour staying in luxury accommodation in Arras:
(*Ideal for extended family or discerning small group of friends.)
IMPORTANT NEWS UPDATE: SECURITY
Revised Security Arrangements France & Belgium: Pre-Registration is now MANDATORY for ALL Australian DVA (Dept of Veteran Affairs) WW1 Centenary events for 2017 AND 2018.
These security arrangements are ONLY for official DVA events: Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day Centenary 2018 - 25 April 2018, Le Hamel Centenary 2018 - 04 July 2018 and the 2018 Armistice Centenary ceremony (11/11/2018)
Please NOTE that you MUST register DIRECTLY with DVA for SECURITY CLEARANCE if you are attending ANY of the 2018 events. Registration for Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day Centenary 2018, Le Hamel Centenary 04 July 2018 and Villers-Bretonneux Armistice Day November 11 2018 - ALL events are now open for registration HERE:
Update 01 April 2018: Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day 2018
Registration for Anzac Day 2018 at Villers-Bretonneux opened on Anzac Day 2017, and has been in great demand with space very heavily subscribed.. With an attendance cap of only 5,500 Australians allowed in total able to attend the 2018 Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Centenary service due to security constraints, this will be probably be the most "in demand" ceremony of all the Western Front centenary events.
*As at April 2018, only a few hundred spaces now remain to attend the ceremony.
If you wish to to attend this 'once in a lifetime' ceremony you MUST register NOW at DVA to attend the ceremony. No registration - No entry!
The new Sir John Monash Interpretive Centre Villers-Bretonneux: Opening Anzac Day 2018
(* Please note the official opening ceremony FOR THE PUBLIC will take place on Anzac Day itself - and visitors WILL BE ALLOWED in the afternoon. We have already booked all our groups to visit this facility on this day - but DVA has now advised that ALL space on this day is now FULL.
ANZAC Day 2018 (25th April 2018 ) marks the exact date of the 100 year anniversary of the 2nd Battle of Villers-Bretonneux which took place on 25th April, 1918 on Anzac Day, the exact date of the third anniversary of the landing at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli in 1915.
Our Booking Form to register your booking is here:
A Good Read from the Australian...
The Australian newspaper says of this historic anniversary: "The 2018 Anzac Day commemoration at Villers-Bretonneux will witness probably the largest influx of Australians into France for a century. (Read the full article here)
"The engines of war memory are fuelled by family history, patriotism and the modern fascination with trauma and victimhood. A total of 1.41 million people visited the Australian War Memorial in 2015. As the Great War further recedes Australians are becoming more mature about war commemoration - any glorification is gone; respect, grief and awe are the dominant emotions.
Villers-Bretonneux Australian War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France (prior to the new SJM centre)
Departing Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day service (prior to the new SJM centre being built at rear)