The Locations

Along our epic adventure the rally will be visiting many key areas along the route. Such as:

Littlecote House Hotel – This was the Headquarters of the US 101st Airborne Division in England in their preperation for D-Day June 1944.
Help for Heroes Headquarters, Tidworth – An opportunity to see the charity at first hand
An Active Military Base in Hampshire – For a flavour of today’s warfare assets.
Southwick House – This is where Operation Overlord ‘the D-Day landings’ was planned. You will see the ‘Map Room’ which contains the original map and receive a briefing on the events surrounding D-Day itself.

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France Normandy:
Pegasus Bridge – The museum at Pegasus Bridge Memorial will open early for our visit. You will see the original bridge, a Horsa glider and a wealth of material relating to the 6th June 1944 action. The rally entourage will receive a briefing from the museum personnel
D-Day Areas – Sites of military significance are visited including artillery batteries, the landing beaches, Sainte-Mère-Église (the first village to be liberated), the US cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer and other important venues.
Inland after D-Day – The battle for Normandy continued through to August 1944. A number of strategic locations will be visited including Carentan, Saint-Lô, Villers Bocage as well as some Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries.

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FranceBelgium The Somme/Ypres:
The Somme Area – The rally will see where a number of WW1 battles took place and the numerous CWGC cemeteries that are scattered around the region; many only accessible by 4×4 vehicle.
Memin Gate, Ypres – We will attend the 8pm ‘Last Post’ ceremony held at the Menin Gate. This is a most humbling experience. The H4H 4×4 Rally children will have the privilege of being allowed to lay a wreath in remembrance of the fallen.

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Holland Arnhem:
Airborne Museum – A visit to the Hartenstein Airborne Museum experiences the famous Battle of Arnhem (September 1944) including listening to moving stories told by British, Polish and German war veterans and to the testimony of civilians who endured the agonies and still honour the Allied veterans. Authentic weapons, documents, films, photographs and other objects are on display in the museum – a now beautifully renovated building that the Allies used as their headquarters during the battle.
CWGC Oosterbeek – This cemetery contains 1680 graves, most of those bein killed during the September landings, and the later fighting in the area.
Wings of Liberation Museum – The Museum Park Wings of Liberation originated from a temporary exhibition commemorating the 40th anniversary of Operation Market Garden in 1984. It was staged in the Dutch town of Veghel and was such a success that it has now become permanent.
Hell’s Highway – This is the path of the British XXXth Corps, the engagements of the 82nd and 101st US Airborne, the canal and river crossing points. ‘The Island’ includes evacuation points of the besieged British paratroops from their ill-fated battle.

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Belgium Bastogne:
‘Battle of the Bulge’, Bastogne – In Hilter’s last effort to push the Allies back to the English Channel he audaciously launched a massive offensive which became known as ‘The Battle of the Bulge’ Bastogne as town was encircled by the Germans in the freezing December of 1944. Many historic sites will be visited including La Roche-en-Ardenne where the British and American Divisions saw action. Our visit to Foy will include the Bois Jacques foxholes of Easy Company.
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France Alsace:
‘The Maginot Line’ – The Maginot Line dominated French military thinking in the inter-war years. This was a vast fortification that spread along the French/German border but became a military liability when the Germans attacked France in the spring of 1940 using blitzkrieg – a tactic that completely emasculated the Maginot Line’s purpose. The speed with which Germany attacked France and Belgium in May 1940, completely isolated all the forts.
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Germany Dachau:
Dachau Concentration Camp – This was the first of the Nazi concentration camps opened in Germany. It is located on the grounds of an abandoned munitions factory near the medieval town of Dachau. Heinrich Himmler, then Chief of Police of Munich, officially described the camp as “the first concentration camp for political prisoners”. In the twelve years of its existence over 200.000 persons from all over Europe were imprisoned here. 41.500 were murdered. On April 29 1945, American troops liberated the survivors. The camp has become symbolic with the worst of human atrocities.
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Germany Eagle’s Nest:
The Eagle’s Nest – The Kehlsteinhaus (the Eagle’s Nest) is on an outcrop of the Hoher Göll known as the Kehlstein. It was built as an extension of the Obersalzberg complex erected in the 1930’s in the mountains above Berchtesgaden. It was a 50th birthday present for Adolf Hitler to serve as a retreat, and a place for him to entertain visiting dignitaries. The towns and villages surrounding the Eagle’s Nest were homes to the Nazi hierarchy.
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