H4H 4×4 Rally 2013: Provisional Itinerary

 

Saturday 15th June 2013 – Day 1 – England,
‘Prelude to Invasion’ – 228.2Km (141.8 Miles)
At 1130hrs we leave Littlecote House Hotel, North Wiltshire and engage 4-wheel drive to traverse the roads and byways of Salisbury Plain (a WWII training area – still in use by today’s armed forces as a major military training ground). We then make our way on towards Portsmouth, where we will board the overnight cross-channel ferry to Caen.

Overnight – Brittany Ferries ‘Portsmouth-Caen’ Route

Sunday 16th June 2013 – Day 2
‘Fortress Europe’ – 105Km (65.25 Miles)
Near Caen we visit Pegasus Bridge and its museum, followed by a ‘green-lane’ drive to Arromanches. Situated on the Normandy coast, famous for the D-Day landings, Arromanches is not only perfectly located to visit other battlefield sites of Normandy but is home to a fascinating museum and impressive 360 degree, 9 screen cinema, showing wartime footage. A visit to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer will also form part of the day’s route. An early finish; a rare event! A BBQ for the entire rally is planned for 1830hrs and is being organised by the campsite.

Overnight – Arromanches

Monday 17th June 2013 – Day 3
‘Moving Inland’ – 274.4Km (170.5 Miles)
To St-Marie du Pont, Utah Beach then St. Mere Eglise – the first town liberated by allied forces. Then on to Carentan, the Norman town that was one of the Allies’ earliest objectives. In the afternoon we journey inland and visit places of WWII historical significance in the aftermath of D-Day; before returning to the coastal area early evening.

Overnight – Arromanches

Tuesday 18th June 2013 – Day 4
‘Remember the Fallen’ 494.4Km (307.2 Miles)
To Ypres in Belgium via the Somme; the Western Front – with its many WW1 cemeteries and memorials. We will attend the Menin Gate in Ypres at 2000hrs to hear the Last Post being played and pay our respect to the fallen of the First World War.

Overnight – Ypres

Wednesday 19th June 2013 – Day 5
‘WW1 & Op Market Garden’ 415.7Km (258.3 Miles)
We start the day touring some of the WW1 sites around Ypres. Then to the Belgian/Dutch border; and the first part of “Hell’s Highway,” the route followed by the British XXX Corps as it attempted to reach its embattled 1st Airborne Division at Arnhem.

Overnight – Arnhem

Thursday 20th June 2013 – Day 6
‘Remember September ‘ – 218.5Km (135.75 Miles)
We will visit the Airborne Museum and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery at Oosterbeek to pay homage to those who fought in Operation Market Garden, the largest airborne operation of the war. After crossing ‘A Bridge Too Far’, a 4×4 scenario is planned for the afternoon routing back along Hell’s Highway and‘The Island’.

Overnight – Arnhem

Friday 21st June 2013 – Day 7
‘The Battle of the Bulge’ – 349.2Km (217 Miles)
Onwards towards Belgium, then a scenic run through the Ardennes to our destination: Bastogne, the site of an epic eight-day stand against the Germans in December 1944.

Overnight – Bastogne

Saturday 22nd June 2013 – Day 8
‘The Bois Jacques and Beyond’ – 124.4Km (77.3 Miles)
The day involves a circuitous but historic loop around Bastogne and includes a visit to the La Roche museum dedicated to the Battle of the Bulge. Late in the day you will pass Bois Jacques and Easy Company’s foxholes overlooking the village of Foy.
We conclude our WWII tour of the Bulge.

Overnight – Bastogne

Sunday 23rd June 2013 – Day 9
‘The Last Patrol’ – 380Km (236.1 Miles)
From Bastogne we head south into Alsace, France; an area famed for its wine and Maginot Line fortifications. After that, the journey passes through Haguenau, the site of some of Easy Company’s final battles and several daring patrols thence into Germany and the beautiful scenery of the Schwarzwald (the Black Forest).

Overnight – Calw-Altburg in the Black Forest

Monday 24th June 2013 – Day 10
A transit day in which takes us towards Munich – Munich 246.2Km (153 Miles)

Overnight – Near Munich

Tuesday 25th June 2013 – Day 11
‘The Atrocity of War” – 315.75Km (196.2 Miles)
On April 29, 1945, as they advanced towards the Bavarian Alps, the allies liberated a satellite of the Dachau Concentration Camp at Landsberg. We will visit Dachau, site of some of the most nefarious acts against humankind during the war. Our goal approaches as we travel south-east through Bavaria routing along the vistas of the Alpenstrasse and arrive at our destination – Berchtesgaden.

Overnight – Berchtesgaden

Wednesday 26th June 2013 – Day 12
The Eagle’s Nest‘ – 15.8Km (9.8 Miles)
Our final motoring day of the rally ends at Adolf Hitler’s Alpine retreat at Berchtesgaden, where (weather permitting) we will visit the Eagle’s Nest and the remains of the vast Nazi Party complex liberated by American Forces in May 1945. The afternoon is free.
 
Evening: 1800hrs/1830hrs is the Final Meal & Prize Giving.

Overnight – Berchtesgaden

Thursday 27th June 2013 – Day 13
‘Decamp and onward travel’ – (653Km/406 Miles/6hrs 30min)
For those wanting some R&R to break up the return journey, arrangements have been made (outside of rally fees) to camp at the side of the Moselle.
 
Evening: 1800hrs/1830hrs is the Final Meal & Prize Giving.

Overnight – Bullay, Moselle

Friday 28th June 2013 – Day 14
 
Overnight – Bullay, Moselle

Saturday 29th June 2013 – Day 15
Decamp and onward travel for the Calais-Dover 1955hrs P&O ferry (445Km/277 Miles/4hrs 45min).

 
 
 

The Awards

Prizes being awarded at the ’2013 Final Meal’ will include….
 
OVERALL
- 1st Overall
- 2nd Overall
- 3rd Overall
- 4th Overall
- 5th Overall
 
SERVING MILITARY (All occupants must be include at least 1 currently serving member of the Armed Forces)
- 1st Serving Military Team
- 2nd Serving Military Team
- 3rd Serving Military Team
 
EX-SERVING MILITARY (Must have at least one member of the team who has served in the Armed Forces)
- 1st Ex-Serving Military Team
- 2nd Ex-Serving Military Team
- 3rd Ex-Serving Military Team
 
CIVILIAN (All must be non-serving members of the Armed Forces)
- 1st Civilian Team
- 2nd Civilian Team
- 3rd Civilian Team
 
FAMILIES (Team must have at least 1 member under 15 yrs old)
- 1st Family Team
- 2nd Family Team
- 3rd Family Team
 
NOVICES (None of the crew have taken part in a previous H4H 4×4 European Rally)
- 1st Novice Team
- 2nd Novice Team
- 3rd Novice Team
 
POLICE AWARD
- 1st Police Team
- 2nd Police Team
- 3rd Police Team
 
OTHER AWARDS INCLUDE:
- Team ‘Spirit of the Event’ Award – This award is voted by all the entrants of the rally.
- ‘Best Dressed Team/Vehicle’ (This could be: Best looking 4×4 and/or Best looking team in fancy dress, or anything similar – as long as it’s presentable, PC and legal)
- The ‘Highest Sponsorship Raised’ Award – The figures will be taken from what’s on the Bmycharity pages at noon on the final day of the rally

 

 

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