Battlefield History Tours are pleased to offer you our range of tours that will take you to those areas where Australians had fought and where many who gave their lives for their mates and their country remain in Commonwealth War Graves Cemeteries. Every year we will be offering a range of tours, to those areas where Australians had fought, and other areas of historic interest.
Visit the battlefields of the Western Front and the Normandy Campaign. This is a special tour developed for a very special purpose that we hope will, in a small way, make sure that those who fell on the Western Front and at Normandy are truly remembered.
It was in September and October 1918 that the Australian Imperial Force was the spearhead of the Allied armies, driving the enemy back beyond the Hindenburg Line, their last line of defence before the German border. The Australian Corps was commanded by Lieutenant General Sir John Monash. These were in the absence of conscript reinforcements, the most experienced troops in the world at that time, commanded by a brilliant engineer; recognised as World War 1’s best general officer.
On this tour we follow the career of Monash on the western front, and the advance to victory of the Australian Corps on the 100th Anniversary.
On 6 April 1941, the German Army launched its attack against the Greeks on the Metaxos Line and then attacked the Allied Expeditionary Force at Florina in Northern Greece. The Allied Force, including the 6th Australian Division and the New Zealand Division, fought a heroic withdrawal the length of Greece before bring withdrawn to Crete. On 20 May 1941 the Battle for Crete began and even though Germany was successful, the cost to the German Airborne forces meant that they would not be used again.
Our tour follows the course of that incredibly successful withdrawal. Actions are described in detail and there is a chance to honour those who paid the supreme price as we attend the ANZAC Day Service in Athens. The tour is also a great cultural experience as we visit many of the Ancient Greek cultural sites and interact with the people of thel villages that we are fortunate to visit.
From 1962 to 1973 approximately 60,000 Australians served in Vietnam; 521 were killed and more than 3,000 wounded. The vast majority did their duty as demanded by the Government despite any personal feelings or thoughts.
This tour hosted by Colonel Alex (Sandy) MacGregor MC (Retd), takes you to where these latter-day ANZACS gave their lives when their country called. The tour allows you to experience the rich natural beauty and culture of this remarkable Asian nation.
This tour ensures that the efforts by the RAAF in World War 2 over Europe are not forgotten. In 1939-1945 Australia had 14 Squadrons operating from UK sites against Germany and many of our airmen also flew with RAF Squadrons. Many of the airfields from where they left on those missions remain to this day. Missions that many failed to return from, and in many cases the airfield from where they had left was the last place known to them. We will visit many of those airfields.
You visit the airfields, museums, monuments, experience the 2019 Duxford Air Show, the RNAS Air Show at Yeovilton and the English hospitality encountered in the villages and the village pubs that we visit.
Visit then UK when warm summer sunshine breaks through the clouds and take this tour where you will travel over many heritage lines on the trains over the routes that were mostly commissioned in the 19th Century when steam was providing the new means of transport. A must for the Steam enthusiast.
It was at Guadalcanal that the US 1st and 2nd Marine Divisions supported by the US Army, Navy and Army Air Force with the valued assistance of the Australian Navy and the Australian and Solomon Island Coastwatchers. These men, stopped the Japanese advance into the South Pacific and allowed the push back to Japanese Islands to commence.
76 years to the day that those Marines landed we will be there to visit all the battle sites and have the actions described in detail, walk through the equipment graveyards and be able to cross the Ironbottom Sound and pay our tribute to where many on the HMAS Canberra forever lie.
Your opportunity to walk the battlefields where Australians were at war when our nation was formed. Fought over a vast 1000 km square area, area, this tour is one of the few that travels through the key areas where Australians fought.
Actions are described in detail on the ground where they happened, you visit the cemeteries, museums and there is a chance to honour those who sacrificed their lives fighting for our flag for the first time. We intend to conduct a small service at each of the cemeteries that we visit, our small service we hope will ensure that they are never forgotten.
Following that special tour, there is an opportunity to extend and visit the Kruger National Park.