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Race to Remagen: Aachen to the Rhineland The Battle for Remagen Bridge was immortalised in the Holywood movie ‘The Bridge at Remagen’. On this new tour we look at the true story following American forces from the fighting on the Siegfried Line near Aachen through to the Hürtgenwald forest and onwards during the race to Remagen Bridge in March 1945. Day 1 Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in Valkenburg in Holland for a three-night stay. Day 2 Siegfried Line; Hürtgenwald We start at the superb ‘Eyewitness WWII’ museum at Beek in Holland, just across the border from Germany and the Siegfried Line. Here we see an unrivalled collection of uniforms and weapons from the Second World War. We then visit the impressive Netherlands American Cemetery where we see the graves of members of Easy Company – the ‘Band of Brothers’ – and the new visitors centre, as well as the dead from Remagen. On the Siegfried Line we see Dragon’s Teeth defences and then travel into the Hürtgenwald battlefield which one observer called ‘Passchendaele with tree bursts’. Here we follow the bloody battle in the forest visiting the Hürtgenwald Museum, frontline positions in the woods and the German Cemetery at Vossenack including the grave of Field Marshall Walter Model, one of the most senior German officers to die in WWII and often called ‘The Saviour of the Eastern Front’. B,D Day 3 Race to Remagen Today we follow the American advance on the river Rhine: the ‘Race to Remagen’. We look at the first clash of Pershing and Tiger tanks at Elsdorf in March 1945, before following the US Armoured advance via Stadt Meckenheim to the outskirts of Remagen where American troops discovered the Rhine bridge was intact: the last one remaining. As part of our visit here we have lunchtime in Remagen then visit the Remagen Bridge Museum, see where the fighting took place and cross the Rhine to view the battlefield from the other side of the river. The remains of this once impressive bridge really help bring the history of this final chapter of WWII alive. B,D Day 4 Return home. B Included Meals: B=Breakfast, D=Dinner For full hotel and itinerary details, visit www.leger.co.uk/tours/hrr 4 days from £299 German Cemetery, Hürtgenwald Your Hotel You will stay for three nights at the 3-star Hotel De Bogaerde in the centre of Valkenburg. The hotel has a lift. The restaurant and bar are located in the adjacent sister hotel, the Hotel Walram, which is connected by an indoor walkway. The Walram’s indoor swimming pool, sauna and solarium are also available. WORLD WAR II 1939-1945 Includes... • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast & 2 evening meals • Specialist Battlefield Guide • Battlefield visits as described Plus... • Local joining points (see page 55 for your nearest) • Entrance to museums and places of interest (extra cost) American Netherlands Cemetery Eyewitness WW2 Museum, Beek Executive Coach Tour Code: 4HRR Jun 16 2017 £299 Sep 15 2017 £319 Silver Service Tour Code: 4HRRV Apr 21 2017 £339 Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; travel insurance essential, call or see website for details; single room supplement £39. The remains of Remagen Bridge Visit www.leger.co.uk/battlefields/tours for full tour details 33


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