World War 2 Battlefield Tours – 2015 (page 2)

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

Union Jack WORLD WAR 2: 70th Anniversary of crossing the Rhine

23rd–27th March
5 Days, 4 Nights
£650.00

A special 70 year Anniversary Tour covering the crossing of the Rhine – British, Canadian and American actions. Please click here for full details.

WORLD WAR 2: Dieppe, Bruneval plus Amiens Prison Raid

23rd–27th April
5 Days, 4 Nights
£625.00

Day 1 – Depart for Dover for ferry crossing to Calais and onto our hotel.

Day 2 – Will be spent visiting the scene of the abortive and costly Canadian Raid on Dieppe on the 19th August 1942. We'll inspect the Red and White Beaches in front of the town and then visit the sites of the German Batteries above. We'll view the beaches at Berneval and Quiberville, where British Commandos covered the flanks of the main attack. Special Visits to cemeteries in the area will also be possible.

Day 3 – We'll go to St. Valery-en-Caux, where the 51st Highland Division was forced to surrender to General Rommel (12th June 1940); where bad weather, combined with German airpower, had prevented the Royal Navy coming to the rescue. We'll then go on to the scene of the famous Bruneval Raid at the secret Radar Station.

Day 4 – We'll cover the epic attack on Amiens Prison (Operation Jericho), led by Wing Commander Pickard, to release the resistance workers incarcerated. We'll see the bomb damage to the walls, Pickards crash site and last resting place, and follow the story of the escapees through the Somme Region.

Day 5 – On the last day we'll visit a preserved V1 Rocket Site before we return to the UK.

V1 rocket

A superb tour, top marks to Ian Alexander and Rob Owen for the history and information given to us.

Keith Tutton

WORLD WAR 2: Berlin – Colditz and Dresden

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

14th–18th May
FLYING TOUR
5 Days, 4 Nights
£1060.00
[Single supplement £199.00]

Day 1 – Flight to Berlin and transfer to hotel.

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

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

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

Day 5 – Return to Berlin by coach and fly back to the UK.

Colditz

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).

WORLD WAR 2: Dyle Line to Dunkirk and Ypres visit

The story of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) 1940.

29th May – 2nd June
5 Days, 4 Nights
£630.00

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

Day 2 – We head 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 encounters with the Germans, and where the army’s first VC was won by Lt. Richard Annand (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 – We'll visit several sites where the BEF fought in its withdrawal to Dunkirk, including 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'll also attend the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Day 4 – We'll travel to the Dunkirk perimeter and evacuation beaches and follow the line of the perimeter, 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 visit 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 – We'll visit the Dunkirk Memorial to the Missing and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery to pay our respects, before going onto Calais and seeing the Rifle Brigade Memorial, before heading home.

Defence of Dyle

Dunkirk Memorial

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