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Normandy Battlefield Tours

Normandy Tours.

All of my Normandy tours are accompanied by their own personalised itinerary, an individual guide book. All my itineraries and routes are designed so that you will see as much as possible of interest to you.  More details and prices are available upon request.  If you are looking for something  different, please do contact me.  Please do have a look at what my client have said about my tours...  Latest tour testimonial


Whilst visiting Normandy battlefields is my main work, clearly it's not everyone’s glass of Calvados or cup of coffee. If you require a souvenir, a snack or shopping this can be sandwiched into the schedule. You could even cram in a croissant!  


Whichever Normandy tour you choose, you will find it a worthwhile experience. Just sit back, relax and enjoy the tour!


Here is a sample listing of some of my current Normandy battlefield and history tours. I am constantly researching and uncovering new stories for these tours and keeping up to date with recent discoveries. More tours are being added all of the time. If you fancy something different to what is listed below ....please ask! 


 


Bloody Omaha  1-day tour

We start the day at Les Cambes German Cemetery, the last resting place of over 21350 soldiers killed in the battle of Normandy. We take the opportunity to explore Gary Stearne’s excavations at the Maisy Batteries. Since 2004, Gary and his son Dan, have been gradually  unearthing  a rather intriguing story.


We travel to the famous Pointe-du-Hoc. Here we will hear the puzzling story of Colonel Rudder and the US 2nd Rangers; their assault on the battery and their eventual destruction of the guns. There will be opportunity to enter several of the bunkers and gun emplacements.


OMAHA beach. There are so so many sad stories of sacrifice associated with this the most difficult of landings on D-Day. We shall examine the beach and its defences and how they were overcome by small actions. We will look at the landings of the US 29th Division and their battle off the beach at Vierville Draw and Les Moulins. 


We learn of the bloody sacrifice of one 'Blue Ridge  Mountain' community.  We explore the German Strong-point WN62, where we hear of the human cost of the battle from both sides. We then visit the American War Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer. Here some 9387 US service personnel are buried. Our visit concludes with the daily flag-lowering ceremony.


Beaches, Bag-pipes, Bunkers and Bridges - 1-day tour

Today we briefly look at the British landing on Sword Beach and the awesome 6th airborne attacks at Pegasus Bridge and Merville Battery. We get a flavour of what it was like on D-Day, June 6th 1944.


We start our tour at the famous Pegasus Bridge, where the most daring glider assault took place. We drop in for coffee at the first house to be liberated on D-Day, before we move on to the Merville Battery.


In the afternoon we assault Sword Beach. We look at the opposed landing at ‘La Breche’ by the British 3rd Division and its struggle inland. 


We will be delving into the coastal crust of the German defences known as the ‘Atlantic Wall’.

We will inspect the remains of a German gun battery and a regimental HQ bunker complex called ‘Hillman’and hear about its formidable fortifications. Finally find out where the British 3rd Division finished their advance on D-Day.

UTAH Beach and the Airborne Assault - 1-day tour

We start our tour near the famous town of Sainte Mere-Eglise. After a we have had a look around the main square we visit the amazing Airborne museum. 


We make a visit to the Airborne memorials at Pont de la Fière; the bridge that spans the river Merderet. This strategically important bridge and the 500m long causeway across the flooded marshes was the site of some seriously intense fighting.  It was for his action here, that Private First Class Charles DeGlopper of the 325th Glider infantry regiment was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honour. The action here will be subject of a film to be released in 2019, entitled ‘No better place to die’


We take a brief look at the POW enclosure at Foucarville before we traverse the causeway and join the coast road on UTAH beach. At strong-point W5 we examine the US 4th Infantry Division’s successful landing on UTAH beach.


Moving inland we visit the memorial at Brecourt Manor. We follow Dick Winters famous Easy Company, ‘Band of Brothers’ in their text-book attack on a German gun battery which was firing on the troops landing on Utah beach. We pass through the first village to be liberated in Normandy, Sainte Marie-Du-Mont.

We complete our tour at the chapel of Angoville-au-Plain where we hear a human tale of two screaming Eagles Medics.


Operation Perch & Villers-Bocage

This tour explores the British battles which formed part of Operation Perch during the week 7-14 June 1944.  


We visit the battlefields south of Bayeux and the road to Tilly-Sur-Seulles.  We take look at the legendary tank action at Lingevres, where 5 tanks were damaged or destroyed by 5 shots from a single Sherman tank.


We pursue the British 7th Armoured Division 'The Desert Rats' who encountered a 'Tiger' on the loose in and around Villers-Bocage, with catastrophic consequences.    



Dieppe 1942  Operation Jubilee

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the 1942 Dieppe raid I put together a rather special, single day tour. We consider the Canadian, British Commando, US Rangers and covert operations which took place on all five beaches in and around Dieppe on 19th August 1942.


We look at both the successes and the failures of this mission and the lessons we should have learnt from it.


This can be a single-day tour or a weekend,  depending upon your travel requirements. 


The Suffolk Regiment  in Normandy. - 2-day tour.




Following in the footsteps of the 1st Battalion The Suffolk Regiment. Starting at Sword Beach and Colleville Montgomery, on to the 'Hillman' and 'Morris' bunker complexes.  We visit Le Mesnil Wood, Chateau de la Londe, Banneville, Coquard crossroads, Tinchebray and finish in Flers.

 

Canadian Battlefield Tour 2018

The first part of our tour follows the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada from their landing on Nan White beach, Bernieres-sur-Mer, to their costly battle at Carpiquet Airfield. At Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery we stop and examine some of their soldier’s stories.


The Second part of the tour covers takes us south of Caen. We look at two Operations which took place in July 1944. Operations Atlantic and Spring and the 'bloody' Battle for Verrières Ridge.


Operation Totalize - 1-day tour.



At the conclusion of the Normandy campaign in August 1944,  the battered remains of the German armies were trapped in the 'Falaise Pocket' and desperately trying to escape. We look at the Polish struggle for survival against the odds on Montormel.  We visit Chambois,Trun, Falaise,  Ecouche and Lambert-Sur-Dives.

 



 Operation COBRA - 1 day tour.

We follow the US First Army in this decisive armoured action.  Starting with the massive carpet bombing between St Lo and Periers, we chase South, hot on the heels of the US armored divisions.  Making for Marigny,  continuing on to Coutances, pausing at Pont-de- la-Roque, and reaching into the Roncey pocket.  Advancing on to Avranches in the afternoon before breaking out into Brittany at Pontaulbault...


The Roncey Pocket July 1944


Advance to Avranches  - Battle of Mortain.   1-day tour.


‘One of the most significant small unit actions of the Second World War’. Eisenhower. 


This tour examines the failed German counter-attack of August 1944.  It was Hitler's last throw of the dice in Normandy.  An all out German armoured counter-attack, aimed at stopping the American advance at Avranches. A story of the 30th U.S. Army division's desperate struggle at Mortain, holding back the 1st and 2nd SS Panzer divisions.  It was also a relatively unknown success story for the RAF Typhoon squadrons.



Black Swans - The 1st Polish Armoured Division - 1-day tour.

This one day tour follows the tragedies and triumphs of the 1st Polish Armoured Division, as they fight in the final phase of the Battle of Normandy.


We trace the tank tracks through operations Totalize and Tractable; chasing the German army into the ‘Corridor of Death’, capturing Chambois and closing the Falaise pocket. Finally, we follow the Polish in their ferocious fighting for freedom in a desperate battle at Mont Ormel.




Breaking Through the Bocage
      - Operation Bluecoat - 

Operation Bluecoat- Is a very large British operation which took place at the end of July and beginning of August 1944.  This involved, amongst many others, the 3rd Infantry division and the 11th Armoured Division. We follow their painful progress from Caumont to Tincherbray.  

We look at the armoured breakthrough of the Le Beny Bocage Ridge, the surprisingly  significant 'Dickies Bridge' and the War Cemetery at Saint Charles-de-Percy.  

We follow the battles progress over ridges towards Vire.  We will study Sidney Bates' VC action near Sourdevalle, the tank battles around Chendolle and the lesser well known Operation Grouse-The battle of Tincherbray. 


Managing The Battle of Normandy

The Managing the Battle of Normandy.

Specialist leadership tour.


The landing phase of Operation Overlord was known as Operation Neptune. The objectives of ‘Neptune’ were simple enough but the planning was complex and took many years behind closed doors in absolute secrecy. The planning consumed resources on an unimaginable scale, thousands of staff, reams of paper, card index systems and acres of maps and photographs. This was all done by human brain-power alone, in the days before the computer age.


Using well documented historical examples we look some of at the planning issues, problem solving, project management, training and decision making involved in Operation Neptune.  We also look at some of the problems facing those managing Hitlers Atlantic Wall.  

Longues-Sur-Mer Coastal Battery