Following the success of the inaugural event in 2010, which raised over £121,704.49 for the charity the HELP for HEROES 4×4 European Rally 2011 started on 18th June at Littlecote House Hotel, Hungerford. The event followed the route and told the story of the Allied Invasion through Europe and included parts fabled by the Band of Brothers book and television series. As young men, who knew extraordinary bravery and extraordinary fear, the Allied Forces landed in France early on D-Day morning – 6th June 1944. The liberation of Europe had commenced. We retraced much of that route.
The event started at Noon on Saturday 18th June 2011 at a location in North Wiltshire. After using byways on Salisbury Plain we went to Portsmouth to embark on the ferry over to France. The 2000+ mile/3200+ km expedition and travelled through 6 countries in 11 days; concluding in Bavaria, Germany. This non-speed touring assembly, with a maximum entry of 45 teams is a part military history tour (including museums etc), fun activities, part off-road driving and part club-type social, open to road-legal 4×4 vehicles. The whole focus is the raising of funds for the event’s chosen charity, Help for Heroes.
In addition to Normandy, the H4H Rally route visited the Market Garden and Rhine offensives at Arnhem, Holland, where on 17 September 1944, in the largest airborne operation ever seen thousands of paratroopers descended from the sky by parachute or glider up to 150 km behind enemy lines.
Our route moved south, to Bastogne in Belgium where in the coldest winter for decades, the Germans made a final push – the Battle of the Bulge.
Towards Germany, the rally routed via the Alsace region of France and its Maginot Line fortifications, then onto Dachau and its horrors of war. We ended our journey at Hitler’s “impenetrable” Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden.
ABOVE: The Help for Heroes 4×4 European Rally Organisers handing over a cheque for £160,027.21 to the charity at Tedworth House, which is the new Personnel Recovery and Assessment Centre (PRAC)
ABOVE: A small selection of pictures from this event – for more pictures please visit our gallery page – CLICK HERE.