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World War 2 Battlefield Tours – 2014 (page 2)

The tour list gives the full index of all of our battlefield tours, pilgrimage tours and war graves tours for the Second World War. Expanded details of all tours is also available in our brochure, contact us for a copy.

 

WORLD WAR 2: 70th Anniversary of the Amiens Prison Raid: Operation Jericho

17th – 21st April
5 Days, 4 Nights

£599.00

 

A special 70 Year Anniversary Tour commemorating the Amiens Prison Raid, Operation Jericho; also visiting Dieppe and Bruneval.

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WORLD WAR 2: The Cockleshell Heroes Tour

Operation Frankton

7th – 11th March
5 Days, 4 Nights

£1075.00

(Single supplement: £120.00)

 
Cockleshell Hreos setting off

In 1942 'Operation Frankton' was put into effect, when a group of Royal Marine Commandos were set the task of canoeing some seventy miles up the river Gironde and, by placing limpet mines on the ships in Bordeaux harbour, destroying as many ships as possible, before making their way overland to Spain.

Of the twelve men who set off in the canoes on the raid only two managed to complete the mission and safely return to England, the rest either being captured and executed or drowned.

On this tour we cover the story, visiting the area where they were dropped by the submarine HMS Tuna. We follow the route taken by Major Hasler and Marine Sparks, the site of their action and their escape route. We also see the poignant memorials to those who were caught and executed and visit the excellent French Resistance museum in Bordeaux.

On this tour we fly to Bordeaux, where we are met by our local guide and transport. One night is spent in Bordeaux and three in the Angouleme area.

flying tour This tour flies to Bordeaux where it is met by our local guide and transport. All of our flying tours are organised through Carrick Travel Ltd, which is a bonded company, and the tours provided will meet the requirements of ABTA (ABTA number 18343) and the CAA (ATOL number 1159).

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WORLD WAR 2: 70th Anniversary of Monte Cassino: The Italian Campaign

15th – 19th May
5 Days, 4 Nights

£1100.00
(Single supp: £80.00)

 

A special 5-day WWII 70 Year Anniversary Tour commemorating The Italian Campaign. A battlefield and pilgrimage tour in Italy visiting Monte Cassino, Salerno and Anzio.

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WORLD WAR 2: Berlin, Colditz Castle and Dresden

15th – 19th May
5 Days, 4 Nights

£1010.00

(Single supplement: £199.00)

 
Coldiz Castle

This tour covers the history of Berlin, the infamous prisoner of war camp at Colditz, and the beautiful city of Dresden.

Day 1 – Flight to Berlin and transfer to hotel.

Day 2 – Berlin City tour, visiting the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, the site of Hitler's Bunker, Plotzensee Memorial Complex, Stauffenberg Museum and execution place at the Bendlerblock, the site of Gestapo Headquarters, Checkpoint Charlie, Alexanderplatz and the rermains of the Berlin Wall.

Day 3 – Today we drive to Colditz and tour the infamous Prison Camp, before going on to the beautiful city of Dresden, where we stay overnight.

Day 4 – A morning tour of Dresden is followed by a free afternoon to explore the City.

Day 5 – Drive back to Berlin and fly to the UK.

flying tour All of our flying tours are organised through Carrick Travel Ltd, which is a bonded company, and the tours provided will meet the requirements of ABTA (ABTA number 18343) and the CAA (ATOL number 1159).

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WORLD WAR 2: The Dyle Line to Dunkirk

The story of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) 1940

30th May – 3rd June
5 Days, 4 Nights

£595.00

Can't make a trip?
Want photographs of a Grave, Memorial or Battlefield site?
Contact Ian at the War Research Society.

 

 
The tour to Dunkirk was an outstanding success. The fact that people on the tour were notching up their 15th tour says it all. I am sending an advance booking for next year.
Richard Bateman

 

River Dyle memorial
Dunkirk memorial

Day 1 – We travel to the Leuven area for our first nights stay.

Day 2 – Coach departs for the various lines of defence the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) fought along the route towards Dunkirk. We visit parts of the Dyle Line where the BEF had its first contacts with the Germans, and where the army’s first VC was won by Lt Richard Annand of 2 DLI. We then trace the route of the withdrawal to the Escaut Canal where Lcpl Harry Nicholls 3 Grenadier Guards won his VC. From there we make our way to Ypres for the next 3 nights.

Day 3 – Coach departs for several sites where the BEF fought in its withdrawal to Dunkirk. It will include the actions of 5 Division along the Ypres-Comines Canal.

We then cover the defence of the La Basse Canal, Rommel's crossing of that canal, and the massacre of men of 2 Norfolks at La Paradis. We cover the crucial defence of Cassel and a further massacre of men of the Warwickshire Regiment at Esquelbecq/Wormhout. We will also attend the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Day 4 – Coach departs for the Dunkirk perimeter and evacuation beaches. We follow the line of the perimeter held by the BEF, covering the actions of Lt Ervine-Andrews 1 East Lancs near Bergues where he won his VC, of Lt Jimmy Langley Coldstream Guards, of the vital contribution of the Royal Artillery, of the desperate defence of Furnes and of the contribution of the 12 Royal Lancers and Lt Smith Royal Engineers in denying the Germans entry into the perimeter.

We then traverse the evacuation beaches and East Mole from where the bravery and improvisation of the Royal Navy, Merchant Marine and volunteer civilians enabled over 335,000 allied soldiers to be evacuated. We also visit the excellent museum dedicated to Operation Dynamo.

Day 5 – On our final day we will visit the Dunkirk Memorial to the Missing and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery to pay our respects to the fallen. Before going to Calais and seeing the Rifle Brigade memorial before catching the ferry back to the UK.

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