The HELP for HEROES 4×4 EUROPEAN RALLY 2013 followed the path and told the story of the Allied Invasion through Europe and includes 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. That history unfolded as the journey progressed; some parts of the route also included areas of the ‘Western Front’ of WWI.
The event started at 11:30am on Saturday 15th June 2013 at Littlecote House Hotel in North Wiltshire. After using byways on Salisbury Plain it then travel to Portsmouth to embark on the ferry over to France. This 2000mile / 3200km expedition encompassed 7 European countries over a period of 13 days; concluding in Bavaria, Germany. This non-speed touring assembly, with a maximum entry of 45 teams, will be 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 4×4 Rally route will visit The Somme, Ypres, the ‘Market Garden’ and ‘Rhine’ offensives at Arnhem; 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 moves 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 routing is via the Alsace region of France and its Maginot Line fortifications, then onto Dachau and its horrors of war. We end our journey at Hitler’s “impenetrable” Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden.
CLICK HERE to see the Provisional Itinerary for the HELP for HEROES 4×4 EUROPEAN RALLY 2014.