D-Day Landings South Coast UK

On the 6th June 1944, Allied Troops stormed the beaches of Normandy to establish a foothold in France, this was the turning point of the Second World War in the West. D-Day was a remarkable achievement, involving nearly 7,000 naval vessels and over 150,000 Allied troops, it was the start of the destruction of the […]

Ypres & The Last Post Ceremony

For four long years Flanders Fields was the scene which epitomised the horrors of the Great War. Four major battles were fought here and more than 250,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers sacrificed their lives. The landscape of the region still has many tales to tell allowing you to discover the stories, tragedy and bravery of […]

Christmas Markets & Battlefields

Just under an hour’s drive from Calais finds us in Belgium, a beautiful country popular with visitors from the UK and none more so than the city of Bruges.  Linked to the sea by a series of canals and often referred to as “The Venice of the North” its history dates back to the 9th […]

Verdun “They shall not pass”

To fully comprehend the full scale of the fighting in the Great War a visit to the French and American battlefields of the Verdun area is highly recommended.  “Every sign of humanity has been swept away. The woods and roads have vanished like chalk wiped from a blackboard; of the villages nothing remains but grey […]

The Western Front

The Western Front stretched all the way from the North Sea coast of Belgium to the Swiss border, covering over 400 miles.  During our tour we will be looking at some of the key battles which took place along this front line, including the four major battles fought in Flanders Fields, where more than 250,000 […]

The Somme

The battle started on the 1st July 1916 and by the end of the day, the British had suffered 60,000 casualties, of whom approx. 20,000 were dead. Site of one of the largest battles of the Great War, it was not the decisive breakthrough it was intended to be and for many this is the […]

The Gallipoli Campaign

At the start of the 20th century Turkey remained at the head of the Ottoman Empire which extended into parts of modern-day Greece, Bulgaria, the Middle East and controlled access to the Mediterranean Sea via the Aegean Sea. Turkey had been engaged in the Balkan Wars of 1912 and 1913 which gave its army fighting […]

The Battle of the Scheldt

After the breakout from Normandy, the German forces held on stubbornly to the French and Belgian Channel ports. This forced the Allies to bring all supplies for their rapidly advancing armies from the artificial harbour they had constructed off the beaches of Normandy and from Cherbourg, which was far from ideal. Due to Antwerp’s port […]

Sicily – Operation Husky

Following the German defeat in North Africa, Hitler knew it was only a question of time before the Allies made their next move. Logically, the Allies would attack somewhere in the Mediterranean, but the question was where? The Allies knew where they wanted to land, but keeping it secret from Hitler was the problem. In […]

Monte Cassino & Anzio

After the success of the Allied landings and campaign on Sicily, the Allies kept up the pressure against the Germans and Italians by effecting a landing on the mainland of Italy on 3rd September 1943. The Allies expected a collapse of forces but instead they were faced by a long hard fight as they advanced […]