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Walk in the footsteps of heroes® on fully escorted Battlefield Tours Visiting the Battlefields of both World Wars is a moving and rewarding experience where you can appreciate the sacrifice of ordinary young men and women. Specialist Guides A century ago a generation of men fought in the trenches of WW1, and less than two decades later, men and women fought Nazi oppression in Europe during WWII. There is no better way to honour and understand what they did than to visit a battlefield in the company of one of our Specialist Battlefield Guides: renowned not only for their knowledge of the subject, but their passion too. As we see the shell-scarred ground, walk the D-Day beaches or peer into the bunkers, history comes alive. Thanks to our expert, Specialist Guides who accompany every tour, you won’t be bombarded with a stream of historical facts and figures. Rather, through their enthusiasm, knowledge and sensitivity, you’ll embark on a fascinating journey of Remembrance and discovery. Paul Reed, Head Battlefield Guide I have had a life-long interest in military history, my father being a WWII veteran and both my grandfathers serving in WW1. I read history at University and went on to do a Masters. I began working as a Battlefield Guide in 1987 and joined Leger for their first ever battlefield tour in April 1997. To find out more about our guides visit our website. Colditz Castle Ypres Arras FRANCE GERMANY BATTLEFIELD TOURS Personal Pilgrimage BELGIUM Hanover Berlin Normandy The 6th June 1944 – D-Day – was a turning point in the war when the Allies landed on the Normandy coastline leading to Victory in Europe in May 1945. Normandy is a massive outdoor museum with tanks, bunkers, memorials and fascinating museums. A great place to understand WWII. The Somme A byword for the sacrifice of the Pals battalions, visits to the Somme bring home the scale of the First World War, as we see the huge Thiepval Memorial, the massive mine crater at La Boisselle or see the row upon row of headstones in the soldiers’ cemeteries which cover the fields of Picardy. Ypres Located in Flanders, almost every soldier who served in WW1 fought at Ypres, or ‘Wipers’ as they called it. More than 250,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers died here, a staggering one in four of the total. Today, it is a peaceful landscape, but a place where the past is never far away. Colditz The most iconic WWII Prisoner of War camp, Colditz Castle, is today almost a time capsule. We discover the stories of those held here as we see their prison cells, walk the famous courtyard in the footsteps of some of the most famous names of WWII and look in awe at the castle’s imposing position. The Somme Wherever possible we will do our best to personalise your battlefield trip. If you know the location of a relative’s final resting place or name on a memorial, our guides will try to work the location into the tour, or alternatively they often make separate arrangements for you to visit independently during the day. Omaha Beach Normandy See pages 175 to 181 for our collection of Battlefield Tours... 174 Call one of our helpful travel advisers now on 01709 385 673


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