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Waterloo Association trip – “Wellington and Marlborough invade France” 2022



Rescheduled International trip to Belgium and France 2022

This trip was originally due to take place in 2020 and we have rescheduled it because of the regulations surrounding Covid. It is designed to follow part of the invasion route followed by Blucher and Wellington looking at the various sieges undertaken as well as other battles on route. Starting in Belgium we will be visiting the following:

Givet, Rocroi (including the 1643 battle), Avesnes sur Helpe. Maubeuge, Le Quesnoy, Le Cateau (including the 1914 battle), Peronne, Cambrai. Valenciennes, Malplaquet (including the 1709 battle). Return to Brussels.

The dates for the trip are Friday 27 May – Monday 30 May, 2022. Prices are unchanged from 2020 (ie £610 for single accommodation, £560 pp if sharing a room). There are a few spaces left to join the existing members who are already booked to attend. Expressions of interest please to the Hon Secretary, Dr John Morewood ( by 31st January 2022.

Additional Details

As we know the fighting did not finish for Wellington on the 18th June. The celebrated French defensive fortifications had to be persuaded to surrender. Some Wellington had to besiege and the hornwork at Peronne, of course, had to be stormed- in what would prove to be Wellington’s last military operation. In this tour we will follow in his footsteps which also mirrored those of the celebrated Duke of Marlborough who not only besieged some of the fortresses that Wellington did but also defeated the French at the Battle of Malplaquet the site of which we will visit as it was also Wellington’s headquarters on 21st June 1815. At Le Cateau we will also look at Smith Dorrien’s action of 1914

 If you are an attendee and you have a query please contact John Morewood at