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.
Due to the current pandemic, it is not possible to say which year the tours will run. If you express an interest, we will let you know when the tours will start.
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the 6th Australian Division and the New Zealand Division, fought a heroic withdrawal the length of Greece before bring withdrawn to Crete.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.
On this tour you will follow the course of Australia's War from the horrendous losses at Fromelles and Pozieres in 1916 to the turning points at Dernancourt and Villers-Bretonneux early in 1918 then to the triumph of the Battles of Amiens and great bend of the Somme. We will follow the footsteps of our soldiers to the furthest place east they reached, Montbrehain.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Duxford Air Show, the RNAS Air Show at Yeovilton and the English hospitality encountered in the villages and the village pubs that we visit.
This tour visits Turkey in summer during the Australian and New Zealand winter. Gallipoli in summer is like Sydney in summer, so it is a great time to visit. Visiting in August means you will be there on the anniversaries of the most significant offensive Anzac battles. New Zealanders took Chunuk Bair until forced off, Australians took Lone pine and unsuccessfully assaulted Hill 971, the Nek and the Chessboard. On the Turkish side Mustafa Kemal became immortal and the homeland remained secure.
This tour does not just cover battlefields. You will be in Turkey where there are thousands of years worth of sites to visit; check out the itinerary.
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.
The Medieval churches of England represent a phenomenal achievement. At the Reformation there were some 46,000 of them, in addition to thousands of monastic churches, cathedrals, chapels and abbeys, all raised during a few centuries by a population that numbered around that of present day New Zealand, less than 5 million.
About half survive to this day in a reasonable state and we intend to visit them.
For those who would like to immerse themselves in the history of England, through the grandeur of its cathedrals and abbeys, or to view the intricate architectural achievements to be found within these special places, then, this tour is a must. Travelling between our visits we will pass through market towns, small villages, woodlands and farmland. All this while we sit back, relax and enjoy our journey. We may even be able to have our lunch breaks in the cafes within the cathedral precincts. Much to see and more to do. Each evening at dinner, in our hotels, we will be able to relive the day and look forward to boarding our air conditioned coach next morning to transport us to that next adventure and I am sure that we will have many surprises on the way.