Based on his internationally acclaimed books on the Battle of the Bulge, Belgian academic historian Peter Schrijvers brings to life the decisions of commanders under extreme pressure and the experiences of soldiers and civilians in desperate circumstances. Anno 2070 production chains. How did American infantrymen halt Waffen SS armour at Elsenborn Ridge?
Today you can visit the many sites and museums memorialising the sacrifices made and the historic events which took place in Luxembourg. Battle of the Bulge.
Why did Kampfgruppe Peiper turn Baugnez into a killing field for POWs? What were the consequences of the fall of St. Vith and how did American and British troops halt the German tide?
Why did the airborne Band of Brothers prevail in Bastogne and what happened to the civilians in this cauldron? While looking for answers, we will reflect also on the cost of Hitler’s last gamble at American, British, and German cemeteries. And we will conclude with a close look at the traces of war in the Bastogne War Museum. Dr Peter SchrijversBelgian academic historian Dr Peter Schrijvers has taught at universities in the US, Switzerland, and Australia. He is the author of six books on the Second World War and the Ardennes offensive published by, among others, Cambridge and Yale.
Dr Schrijvers specializes in making us understand how ordinary people, soldiers and civilians, experience the extraordinary circumstances of battle. “He brings to life the sights, sounds and smells of battle,” The Times Literary Supplement has said about his work. The Wall Street Journal described his Bastogne book as “a fast-paced narrative that weaves the horrors of war into the bigger picture of battle.” Dr Schrijvers currently serves as an historical advisor for the Bastogne Memorial. Photo Gallery.
. Wars and Campaigns. Choose from our menu below and find the right battlefield experience for you. Great Introductory and Popular WW1 & WW2 Battlefield Tours. With so many battlefield experiences to choose from, covering many different aspects of military history, making sure you find the right tour for you is important to us. If you’re new to the topic or looking to take your first step into battlefield visits, take a look at our expertly crafted WW1 and WW2 battlefield tours. Tour IntroductionChoose a four or five day tour option, as we explore what is now the largest battlefield area in Europe.
The Battle of the Bulge was the last major German offensive of any importance in the West in World War 2, and we delve into its harrowing past as we visit the Ardennes Battlefields. We see memorials, cemeteries, foxholes and tanks, as we learn the true extent of what happened here all those years ago.
On our five day tour, guests will learn of the British contribution to the fighting in the Ardennes, as we visit the British Cemetery in Houffalize and the Ardennes Museum in La Roche. Once you have booked your battlefield tour either online, or by telephone (01709 385 624), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can -. Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments.
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Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices. For customers living outside of the UK, if you want to make a booking you will need to provide a UK postcode on our online booking system. If you are not able to provide a relevant UK postcode then you can enter the postcode for London Victoria Coach Station – SW1W 9TP. You should then be able to proceed to complete your booking.If you do encounter a problem then you can who will be happy to help.Please Note: After completing your booking, a member of our Customer Service team will be in touch to make sure everything is okay. Day 3 - Band of Brothers; BastogneWe get an insight into the dreadful German losses in the Ardennes at the German cemetery in Recogne before following the ‘Band of Brothers’ in the fighting for the village of Foy. We see where they attacked Foy and go into the area where their foxholes have been preserved in Bois Jacques, also seeing the Easy Company Memorial nearby.In Bastogne we visit the new 101st Airborne Museum before having time for lunch. In the afternoon we see where General Patton’s men and tanks linked up with the Airborne troops surrounded at Bastogne before seeing one of the Sherman turrets that now mark the defence perimeter around the town.At Mardasson we see the impressive American Memorial and take time to visit the Bastogne Historical Centre, full of equipment, tanks and memorabilia connected with the fighting here.Included meals: Breakfast.
Day 3 - Band of Brothers; BastogneWe get an insight into the dreadful German losses in the Ardennes at the German cemetery in Recogne before following the ‘Band of Brothers’ in the fighting for the village of Foy. We see where they attacked Foy and go into the area where their foxholes have been preserved in Bois Jacques, also seeing the Easy Company Memorial nearby. In Bastogne we visit the new 101st Airborne Museum before having time for lunch. In the afternoon we see where General Patton’s men and tanks linked up with the Airborne troops surrounded at Bastogne before seeing one of the Sherman turrets that now mark the defence perimeter around the town.At Mardasson we see the impressive American Memorial and take time to visit the Bastogne Historical Centre, full of equipment, tanks and memorabilia connected with the fighting here.Included meals: Breakfast. Day 4 - Britain’s Battle of the Bulge – Battle of the Ardennes Museum, La RocheIn December 1944 British troops were rushed to the Ardennes to help their much pressed American Allies. We start today at the Panther Tank in Houffalize used by 116th Panzer Division. From here we see the British Memorial, an M10 Achillies Tank where the 51st (Highland) Division fought and visit the British graves at Hotton War Cemetery.
In Hotton we see where 116th Panzer Division was stopped on the bridge and visit a rare Sherman Firefly Turret, a memorial to the British troops where were here in 1944/45.After lunch in Hotton we travel out to where the German advance was stopped at Celles, seeing a Panther tank knocked out by the Royal Tank Regiment, and visit the Battle of the Ardennes Museum in La Roche.Included meals: Breakfast. Entrance fees to museums, places of interest and optional excursions are at extra cost.Museum package available whilst on tour approx. Cost €30 (4 days), €35 (5 days). Pre-Tour ReadingA selection of related books for pre or post tour reading.
Arnold, J.R. Ardennes 1944 (Osprey 1990). Cavanagh, W.C.C.-A Tour of the Battle of the Bulge Battlefields (Pen & Sword 2001). Cross, R.The Battle of the Bulge 1944: Hitler’s Last Hope (History Press 2002). Pallud, J-P.- Battle of the Bulge: Then & Now (After The Battle 1986. Rawson, A.Battle Story: Battle of the Bulge 1944 (History Press 2011).
Vorwald, P.M.Battle of the Bulge: Through the Lens (After the Battle 2000)Passenger InformationForeign CurrencyThis tour takes place in Belgium and therefore you will only need the Euro. You are advised to get Euros – in cash – in advance of your tour, as many banks in France do not provided currency exchange services.What to BringThe weather in the Belgian Ardennes can be changeable, and it is advisable to bring sensible clothes and always pack a jumper and waterproofs. Good, stout shoes are essential – remember this was once a battlefield and we will be going into some of the forests. Walking shoes/boots are ideal. In warm weather always bring a hat and sun cream, and it is advisable to have a supply of water. All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle.
Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.Please note: On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below. We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of Europeancountries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel.
We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requestsat the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request. Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over)on all European tours.
In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration)and £15pp (9 days duration and over). Deep down. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability.Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K.
Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front rowseat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of amodesty board in front.If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement.No other compensation will be payable.Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on traveldocuments approximately 7-10 days prior to departure. Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service.
You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point. Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the HolidayInn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £38 per person(Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.)We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.To book this package, please call the hotel on 33, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference.If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendlyreservations team for more details when you book your holiday.
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