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Artois Libere/Souchez 2015

3rd – 7th September 2015



At the time of going to print we do not have much in the way of information regarding the event this year except that it is definitely taking place over the weekend of  43rd – 7th  September. We will cross over via P&O ferries on the night of Thursday  3rd/4th September or you may choose to cross over on Thursday 3rd September around midday. The main group will camp at Souchez. On Friday and Saturday convoys will cross the Artois region. On Sunday there will be a parade with bands through the Souchez past a group of dignitaries . A militaria fair will be on the campsite. Also entertainment is being organised at the campsite (a 1940’s dance as well as bar and food provisions). Security will also be provided .


For those of you wanting hotels the following websites may be of use –

www.hotel-bb.com/reservation-hotel/booking

www.campanile.com

Unlike previous years you will be responsible for finding your own hotels but do not leave it too late.


The British involvement in the modern history of the area is significant with both First World War (Vimy Ridge, Loos, Neuve Chapelle, Arras, the Somme) and World War II (the retreat in 1940 and Liberation in September1944).

We will return to the UK either on Sunday night or during Monday (your choice). Final costs are not known at this time but we are in contact with P&O who are offering reduced ‘rally’ fares similar to those we were offered last year and I have been told that the organizers will provide some expenses to help alleviate our ferry costs.

As always, the organizers especially would like unusual and armoured vehicles. There is no problem with bringing armour on this trip as it is an official event. As long as you have suitable tracks you can run your tanks on the road at the head of the convoy on Sunday (and possibly Saturday). There is a problem with metal tracks and vehicles with these will probably spend most of their time on their low-loader. It would be marvellous if those of you with complete rigs such as Quad, limber & 25pdr, Matador & 3.7”, tank transporter, trailer & tank, etc. could bring them. You will probably not have many chances to run them like this under full police escort.

For those of you who haven’t been before please refer back to previous years Imprints or our website for articles about the trip. We have been going for many years and about 75% of the participants return the following year.

We are provided with free camping and subsidised ferry fares. The fantastic reception that we receive in this region of France is marvellous and the whole trip is a unique experience.

HOWEVER, because of the nature of the trip this year, the Liberation of that region of France by the British in1944, I regret that post-war vehicles will be restricted to one or two that are unusual. Any post-war vehicle booked in will only be on the Friday and Saturday convoys but not on the main Sunday convoy which is purely for wartime vehicles. I know that this will affect some of you who have brought post-war vehicles in the past but due to the nature of this special occasion the emphasis must be on wartime vehicles. Those with Hotchkiss jeeps need not worry – most of the French jeeps masquerading as wartime vehicles are Hotchkisses!!

As I hear more I will publish it in the newsletter but for now will you please fill in the enclosed form and return it to me with a deposit cheque and a letter size SAE. The closing date is 30th June 2015.

Because so many people messed us about in previous years, cancelling their bookings after we had arranged the ferry, the initial deposit cheque is now £50 and non-refundable.


The ferry companies now charge for any amendments to bookings and do not give refunds for late cancellations.


For your information the VM Artois website is http://vmartois.forumactif.fr/f48-2015-29eme-edition



Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Tony Lawrence


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