The battle of the 'Flers - Courcelette' was one of the biggest
offensives of the Somme battle of 1916. The offensive commenced at
dawn on 15th September with troops for the very first time being
supported by the new 'Tank'.
Mk V tank
small but very significant village of Flers became the first village to
be liberated with the aid of tanks; the message that sped around
the world was “ A tank is walking up the main street of Flers, with the
British Army cheering behind”. Visitors to the Somme battlefield
can now base themselves in the heart of this historic village.
The location of Flers
(click to enlatge)
The B&B accommodation at Flers comprises three guest rooms located on
the upper floor, with a shared bathroom for exclusive use of guests.
Peter and Hilary Smith, the English owners of this family accommodation,
pride themselves on being able to offer guests 'a wealth of
atmospheric treasures' of the Great War, as well as many books and fascinating photographic records
in their small library (see photos right) and other artefacts
relating to WWI - and the Somme battle in particular.
Peter and Hilary will be pleased to offer evening meals and packed
lunches, as well as mountain bikes to hire.
Other options to consider whilst staying at Flers include:
Enjoy a day out in the capital city. Only 1hr 30 minutes away by direct
route A1 motorway. There is also a high-speed train service within easy
The European Cultural Capital 2004. Only 40 minutes away by direct route
A1 motorway, Lille is a busy bustling city. Stroll around the large
squares and admire the stunning architecture.
The historic city of Arras is a mere 30 minutes away. It has a wealth of
interesting architecture and history, a gothic town hall, 18th
century monuments and Art Deco buildings. Every December there is a
wonderful open air Christmas market where you can purchase that extra
40 minutes by road takes you west to
Amiens. A large bustling
city the home of Jules Verne, with a host of canals you can sail to the
water gardens or visit its many museums and fantastic medieval
Fishing on the Somme takes in 750km of river and man made lakes.
The area has a long history of fishing, which continues today. A permit
is needed for any fishing, but can be easily obtained from one of the
many local angling associations.