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ANZAC Day 2018

The Somme, alongside Australians and New Zealanders, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux on the occasion of ANZAC Day, 25 April. Nearly 8,000 Australians are expected to attend this moving commemoration.

 

 

 

What is ANZAC Day?

Every year, at the end of April, Australians and New Zealanders travel to the Somme to commemorate ANZAC Day in memory of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps which landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. in Turkey, on 25 April 1915, and which distinguished itself during the battles of the Somme, notably at Villers-Bretonneux.

 

On 25 April 1918, after intense fighting, the General Glasgow's Australian Brigade No. 13, based south of Villers-Bretonneux, and General Elliott's Brigade No. 15 from the north of the town repelled the Germans and joined forces. Villers-Bretonneux was liberated on the anniversary of the defeat of Gallipoli. The Battle of Villers-Bretonneux put an end to the German offensive launched in March and avoided the capture of Amiens by the German army.

 

To mark this event, the Haute-Somme will take on the colours of Australia and New Zealand for a fortnight. These various events bear witness once again to the strength of ties and mutual recognition that unite Australia, New Zealand and France.

 

Schedules (to be confirmed):

23:15: Start of the shuttle service
23:30: Opening of the Glisy car park
00:00: Opening of the site
02:00: Beginning of the pre-program
04:30: Closing of the public access
05:30: Beginning of the ceremony
08:30: Ceremony at the Monument aux Morts (downtown from Villers-Bretonneux)

 

Please note! To attend the ceremony, you must have a pass, available online. Click here to request your pass.

 

Useful Information
The Australian Memorial is exposed to the elements and can be very cold before dawn.
Warm clothing, and waterproof clothes and shoes are recommended.

 

Transport
The RD23 road between Villers-Bretonneux, Corbie and Fouilloy, as well as the RD523, will be closed from 24 April at 14:00 to 25 April at 14:00.

Bus: The car park at the Géant supermarket in Glisy will be completely dedicated to the parking of all the buses. Available from 23:30 on 24 April, a free shuttle service will transport all visitors to the commemoration site. The shuttle service will ensure the return of all visitors as soon as the ceremony is over.
For visitors who are unable to reach the Géant car park in Glisy, buses will be arranged on 25 April at the Gare d'Amiens and will take visitors to the Géant car park. To return to the Gare d'Amiens, visitors will have to take the shuttle bus back to the Géant car park in Glisy.

 

Further information :

Musée Franco-Australien
9, rue du Victoria
80800 Villers-Bretonneux
Tél. : + 33 (0)3 22 96 80 79
museeaustralien@neuf.fr
www.museeaustralien.com

Mairie de Villers-Bretonneux
Place Charles de Gaulle
80800 Villers-Bretonneux
Tél. : +33 (0)3 22 96 31 00
mairie@villers-bretonneux.com
www.villers-bretonneux.com

Office de Tourisme du Val de Somme
30, place de la République
80800 Corbie
Tél. : + 33 (0)3 22 96 95 76
officetourismecorbie.80@wanadoo.fr
valdesomme-tourisme.com

Office de Tourisme d'Amiens Métropole
23, Place Notre-Dame
80000 AMIENS
Tél. : + 33 (0)3 22 71 60 50
ot@amiens-metropole.com
www.amiens-tourisme.com