BATTLESEARCH

 

We are pleased and proud to release our new division “BATTLE SEARCH”.  So many choices it is confusing and difficult to select the best battlefield tour for you and your partner.  We are here to help you with the decision by presenting the companies and tours which we believe are the best in quality in a range of price brackets.

Our aim is to match your tour requirements with the best tours offered by a range of specialist battlefield tour companies from around the world.  We personally research, vet and recommend these tours.

Trip finder

Recommended tours

Follow the story of WW2 Airmen from the Dambusters to Colditz Castle in Germany and Holland as we look at the battlefields of the war in the air above Europe involving the men of RAF Bomber Command. On this tour we visit the RAF graves in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery then travel through the Ruhr Valley area on trips to the Eder Dam and Möhne Dam examining the Dambusters Raid. We later visit Colditz Castle, examine the fire-bombing of Dresden and the story of the Great Escape. In Berlin we look at raids on the Nazi capital and also visit the Luftwaffe Museums in Gatow and Hannover. The tour ends with a visit to the grave of Dambuster hero Guy Gibson VC. Image
Introduction: Whilst the Dawn Service at Gallipoli is famous the world over with both Australians and New Zealanders as the most revered of the overseas Anzac Day ceremonies, the ceremony at Villers-Bretonneux, first initiated in 1998 has rapidly gained ground as "the" ceremony to attend if you are in Europe or the UK. On 25 April 2020, it is the 102nd anniversary of the Second battle of Villers-Bretonneux.  Villers-Bretonneux is famous as the area where the Germans nearly broke through the Allied defences during the German spring offensive of 1918. The German High Command worked out that if they captured Amiens, then push quickly to the coast they would split the Allied Forces in two and win the war – or at least sue for peace on their terms. Their first major offensive had actually reached to within ten miles of Amiens, before being stopped in the first battle of Villers-Bretonneux. Brigadier General Grogan VC,who saw the attack on Villers-Bretonneux, described the successful counter attack by night at short notice across unknown and difficult ground as "perhaps the greatest individual feat of the war". The Allied Supreme Commander, Marshal Foch, referred to the "altogether astonishing valiance" (valour) of the Australians.  
 (Includes Anzac Day Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux on the 25 April 2020   When The Great War came to an end in 1918 Australia was left to come to terms with a war which, on the Western Front alone, had cost Australia 48,000 dead (* and including Gallipoli, over 60,000 dead) and over 156,000 wounded.  Militarily, the ANZAC reputation stood sky-high at the end of the war and along with the Canadians, they were regarded as among the most elite fighting troops in the British Expeditionary Force – tough, battle hardened and ruthless, they were greatly feared by the Germans and grudgingly admired even by their nemesis - the British High Command. On this very special tour we follow in their footsteps to the places where the Australian reputation was established on the Western Front between 1916 and 1918. Along the way we shall hear tales of enormous courage, endurance and sacrifice that will both inspire and humble, culminating in the amazing and very moving Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day Ceremony. Images:
This new and very special 3 night/4 day commemorative tour series closely follows the Australian actions on the WW1 Australian sector of the Western Front. Imagine a ditch – zig-zagging from Melbourne to Canberra – about 700km – this was the Western Front in WW1 - stretching from Belgium to the other side of France. Some 295,000 Australians served on the Western Front where over 46,000 died and 134,000 were wounded or captured. As a proportion of its fighting force of men who were actually exposed to a theatre of war, it is widely accepted that Australia's armed forces in WW1 suffered more deaths, more hospitalisations for wounding, illness and injury than the armies of Britain, Germany, France, Canada or the United States.  The fighting prowess, bravery, mateship, and immense sacrifice of our soldiers here was - and will remain forever legendary. At the end of the war it was officially noted that "probably in no other year have Australians influenced the destiny of the world as Australian soldiers did by their achievements in these (and later) weeks of 1918." Marshal Foch (a prominent French General) reflected that  "the passionate valour of the Australians served as an example to the whole world You  saved Amiens, and you saved France". (2nd Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, Anzac Day, 1918). 
Join us for a tour of the heat of Hitler’s Reich and the conformation point called the ‘sagensumpf’ (spy swamp) during the Cold War. This is a unique city with so much to experience. We will be tracing the steps of the fall of more than one great Empire – those of Kaiser Wilhelm, the Third Reich and the Soviet Empire. The years of the Weimer Republic will also contribute to our tour. Crossing the city centre takes us from East Side Communist to West Side Federal Republic. We will visit locations on the edge of the city to help our understanding of what happened here in the last century. This is 100 years of fascinating history and vibrant culture. This is a special tour not to be missed as we tell an incredible story about a place that has been part of so many different and exciting stories.
Canada and WW1 At 10.58 hours in the Belgian village of Ville-sur-Haine on November 11, 1918 a single 7.92mm round fired by a German sniper hit Private George Lawrence Price of "A" Company, 28th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. Price died instantly. Two minutes later at 11.00 hours the First World War ended. With his death Price would become the last soldier of the British Empire to be killed in the war. By then, Canada had lost 66,975 men through enemy action. Canadian troops and the men of Newfoundland  fought with great courage and distinction in World War I winning 71 Victoria Crosses. Our Birth of a Nation Vimy Day Tours from London and Lille pay tribute to the brave men and woman of Canada who have and continue to serve our Country.  we remember at the 'once in a lifetime' 100 year Vimy Ridge Day centennial ceremony at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in northern France. This special day tour will take you to the official ceremony of the Centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge on 9 April, 2017, and a selection of the key Canadian battlegrounds of WW1: Vimy Ridge and the Ypres area. Come with Spirit of Remembrance on this special day and walk over land that through courage and enormous sacrifice has forever become a part of Canada.  We are honoured to welcome Jon Nicholls as our special guest historian and battlefield guide on this tour.  He is author of Cheerful Sacrifice: The Battle of Arras 1917
Join us for a tour following British Liberation  Army its eleven  month campaign  from The D Day Beaches  in Normandy to Victory at the  Surrender  on the  Luneburg Heath in  Germany. We see where the British Army stormed the beaches, and the sites of bitter fighting in Normandy and cross the Seine. We trace the pursuit across France and Belgium. We follow the epic story of the airborne carpet to the tragedy of Arnhem and the battles in the Rhineland. We cross the river Rhine and follow the campaign to its conclusion with the discovery of concentration camps and the German surrender. Within this framework we can follow the path of soldiers or units who served with the Second British Army   The tour takes us across the battlefields of many centuries and allows travellers to see the scale of Northern West Europe's history.
A rare chance to cruise a little-explored canal route linking the great Rivers Somme, Oise and Aisne in Northern France.  With much of the canal route passing through remote countryside we call this our “wilderness” cruise, and with the trees still coming into leaf this should be a great opportunity to watch the birdlife along the waterway corridor. Our cruise takes us on a course of 110km between St-Quentin and Berry-au-Bac, not far north of Reims.  We begin on the Canal de St-Quentin, fed initially by the Somme and then the Oise as we spend our first two cruise days getting as far as the town of Chauny. From here we turn on to the Canal which links the valleys of the Oise and the Aisne, a heavily-wooded area rich in wildlife and also of military history interest as it crosses the French section of the Western Front known as the Chemin des Dames.  Along the summit pound of the Oise/Aisne canal we pass through the 2.3km Braye Tunnel before dropping down through a series of locks into the valley of the River Aisne. We then follow the lateral canal of the Aisne for 20km as far as Berry-au-Bac, where we conclude. Our visits include the magnificent 12th-15th Century Basilica in St-Quentin and the ruins of the remarkable 13th century hilltop fortress of Coucy-le-Château. We also have some free time in Reims and Laon, and make a call at the City-Europe shopping complex in Calais on our travel-home day. We stay close to the mid-point of our cruise route at the excellent Qualys Hotel at Lac de L’Ailette, set on the edge of a golf course and with all rooms enjoying balcony views over the lake.    
This tour tells the story of Canada’s involvement in the Liberation of Europe from the Dieppe raid in 1942 and the Normandy campaign that began on D-Day 6th June 1944 to the liberation of the Netherlands. For Canadians this will be an insight into the fortitude and resolve of their forces as they fought the best of the German Army.  The landings at Normandy and the subsequent breakout saw the Canadians forces involved in some of the toughest confrontations in WW2 against a skilled and fanatical enemy.
Another new stretch of fascinating inland waterway to explore as we cruise through the Loiret Department with visits to some of the great attractions of this lovely part of France. Another new stretch of fascinating inland waterway to explore as we cruise through the Loiret Department with visits to some of the great attractions of this lovely part of France.  
Why the name the 'Byng Boys'? General The Honourable Sir Julian Byng's Third Army formations were popularly nicknamed 'the Byng Boys' (or 'Byng's Boys') because of the large numbers of young boy soldier conscripts in its ranks. Byng was loved and trusted by his troops, who soon began to call themselves the "Byng Boys.  They were also known as 'The Byng Boys' from a popular wartime London 'revue', 'The Bing Boys'. Whatever. They were magnificent. They were - "Byngs Boys".  Our tour pays tribute to their sacrifice and bravery and takes you to the key battlegrounds of WW1 including Ypres, Vimy Ridge and the official ceremony of the Centenary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge on 9 April, 2017. Come with Spirit of Remembrance to France and Belgium and walk over land that through courage and sacrifice has forever become part of Canada. 
A visit over a long weekend to the D Day beaches and landing sites.  There is a gunner story on each beach and landing site.  We will see the strength of the German defences and see where and how the Gunners helped to overcome them.  We will explore the stories of the Gunners who took part, the planners, commanders and soldiers, heroes, poets and those who fell. We follow the dramatic actions that changed the course of history.  We will see where the inspired and imaginative planning helped the allies to land and the cleaver technology and techniques used by the Gunners.   We will follow the story of the men who duelled with tanks and  aircraft with skill and heroism.   Come and see where the German Gunners fought the longest in Normandy of any of Hitler's Wehrmacht from a gun position described as the “surface of the moon”   We will also see the  tank battles and find out about the Gunner Heroes on D Day. The story of VC winning Commando Pat Porteous  fighting his way across Ouestrehem. Sergeant Palmer who took on German anti tank guns at close range over open sights.  The gallant Canadian Major Young who led his guns on foot through sniper fire, and the  future Startrek actor James Doohan wounded  on Juno beach.   Hear about some of the Gunner generals.  “Hatchett Jack” who planned the fire support for D Day;  David Currie, killed in action commanding an armoured brigade and Denis Sanders, who served in all three services and led the amphibious Royal Marine Armoured Support Group, before being killed in Action   Find out about the poets.  The Second World, war is less well known than the First for its war poetry, but  Agustus March Phillips, also described as a model for James Bond and Major John Jarmain who wrote some of the best poetry from the war.   If time permits it may be possible to allow for a visit to visit a specific grave or memorial.
Hellfire Pass: (Part of the notorious WW2 'Death Railway') (Copy: Courtesy DVA) For the men who built the Hellfire Pass - The Aussies, British, Dutch and other Allied POWs it was the most well-known of many notorious sites along the Thai-Burma railway. Named for both the terrible, brutal conditions under which prisoners worked and the fact that at night the scene was lit by carbide lights, bamboo fires and hessian wicks in containers full of diesel oil, Hellfire Pass, remarked one former prisoner -  'looked like a scene out of Dante's inferno'. Located at Konyu, Thailand, Hellfire Pass consisted of two cuttings; the first measured 460-metres long by 7.6 metres deep, the second was 73-metres long and 24-metres deep. The work here, which involved drilling, blasting and digging through solid rock, was dangerous and terribly brutal with terrible beatings handed out by the Japanese guards at the slightest reason. Thousands died during the building of the hellish project: 
Join us on a tour to Krakow and the heart of Hitler’s reign of terror - Auschwitz. There are few names that stand for the horror of the Nazi reign over Europe quite like that of Auschwitz. A death camp cannot tell the true nature of a place that turned killing into a mechanized process, humans into a raw material and murder into a factory system. The attempted genocide of Jews, Gypsies and other demonized groups is one which we all still find hard to explain. How did a rational intelligent nation like the Germans allow themselves to get into a position where this could take place? How did a man take part in what went on here by day and go home to play with his children in the evening? How did the camp function and eventually fall? How did you survive this place? What do we learn about ourselves when we visit this place? This is a special tour not to be missed as we tell an incredible story about a time and place – and more than one nation.
The young German paratrooper grinned at his platoon commander “Auf wiedersehen, Herr Leutnant, sehe dich in Amerika” In mid-December it looked as if the young paratrooper was almost right. A battle that was a turning point in the war is the focus of this exciting tour. Join us as we visit a battleground spectacular with wooded mountains and ancient buildings. Our tour will examine a battle with both human and historical interest – it was the greatest pitched battle ever fought by the Americans. The Ardennes that initially appeared to have the makings of a German victory became a costly defeat and by the close of the fighting the Germans had lost about 100,000 men – the Americans 19,000 killed and 47,000 wounded and the British 10,000  
Take the Spirit of Remembrance Operation “Market Garden” tour and you will understand the thinking behind Field Marshal Montgomery's daring attempt to cross the lower River Rhine using airborne forces and ground troops. Our tour is a tribute to the men who fought so heroically, often against impossible odds, and the Dutch people who helped them. Throughout your tour your guide will be on hand to put a human face on the historic battle and tell the story of the young men who fought to liberate Holland in 1944.
Our 7 night 8 day 'Monash' WW1 Battlefield Cruise/Tour is named in honour of Sir John Monash, Australia's great WW General. This tour also includes the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux, scene of Australia's greatest WW1 victory. This WW1 Australian Battlefield canal boat cruise/tour includes: 7 nights 3-star plus  accommodation, entry fees to all museum and attractions as detailed in the itinerary, most meals, 3 days amazing canal boat cruising, all premium coach transport as detailed, certified SOR Historian/Battlefield Guide, full Family History research work-up for ALL clients (if requested)  - and much more!  Starting in Lille and finishing in Amiens, this tour/cruise first takes you by coach southwards from Fromelles & Ypres and includes famous Australian, Canadian and British actions of WW1, with the cruise segment then taking you north from Saint Quentin to Cambrai as the navigable canal(s) weave their way through a network of lakes formed centuries ago by flooded peat extractions, further enhanced by pristine neighbouring woodland and cultivation, with just the occasional village and lock to navigate. 
The Normandy battles on D-Day Join us on a journey through the landings and battles that changed the course of history. We will underpin some stereotypical views as almost accurate, while debunking other myths, whilst taking you to all the iconic D-Day locations. One such location is Omaha Beach where so many young Americans lost their lives on a windswept stretch of sand. Another is the Airborne parachuting in the dark of night to take and hold the vital Pegasus Bridge crossing. This is a voyage of discovery and understanding for every member of our group. This is an exciting opportunity to walk in the footsteps of heroes. (The itinerary is subject to change to take in any special anniversary or special commemorations that take place from time to time.)  
This tour follows the advance of the Anglo-Canadian armies of 21st Army Group from the Normandy beachhead, across Franc and Belgium to Nijmegen and Arnhem in the dash for the Rhone Bridges in 1944.  We then follow the fighting in the Rhineland and the Rhine crossings to the North German Plain and the Luneberg heath and Belsen.
This tour will look at operations of the Anglo-Canadian armies of 21st Army Group initially in trying to fix the German forces in the eastern bridgehead in order to support American breakout operations further west. We then follow their drive out of the bridge head to join up with American forces. This led to the destruction of the German Army in Normandy in what became known as the battle of the Falaise Pocket. Both British 2nd Army and the Canadian 1st Army closely supported each other with many joint operations. For Canadians this will be an insight into the fortitude and resolve of their forces as they fought the best of the German Army.
Our first groundbreaking 2020 WW1 Australian Battlefield canal boat cruise/tour is proudly named after the famous and explosive Major General 'Pompey' Elliot, who commanded the legendary 15th Brigade who fought so fiercely in the famous 2nd Battle of Villers- Bretonneux. This anniversary tour includes: Anzac Day Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux, 6 nights 3-star plus  accommodation, entry fees to all museum and attractions as detailed in the itinerary, most meals, 3 days amazing canal boat cruising, all premium coach transport as detailed, certified SOR Historian/Battlefield Guide, full Family History research work-up for ALL clients (if requested)  - and much more!  Starting in Lille and finishing in Amiens, this tour/cruise  takes you southwards from Fromelles & Ypres and includes famous Australian, Canadian and British actions of WW1, with the cruise segment also taking you further southwards between Cambrai & Saint Quentin as the navigable Somme weaves its way through a network of lakes formed centuries ago by flooded peat extractions, further enhanced by pristine neighbouring woodland and cultivation, with just the occasional village and lock to navigate.   
The sacrifice and losses suffered in Operation Jubilee the amphibious raid on the French port of Dieppe on the morning of August 19, 1942 are seared into the Canadian national psyche. Of the nearly 5,000 men of the 2nd Canadian Division who landed nearly 3,600 men had been killed, wounded or captured by midday. In time and space these were losses as bad or worse than anything on the Western Front in World War I. It was also a morning that saw three Victoria Crosses won by a Colonel, a Captain and a Padre – for courage and selfless loyalty. We will return to Dieppe to honour the men who fought and died that summer morning. In addition to Dieppe your time in France will include the airborne and amphibious raid on the German radar station at Bruneval in 1942 that gathered invaluable technical intelligence. In addition we will visit St Valery the little port where the 51st Highland Division made a last stand in 1940. We will be based in Dieppe an attractive town with a remarkable history as well as superb restaurants and shops. The tour will be a unique experience – informative, enjoyable and moving.
This groundbreaking WW1 Battlefield cruise covers famous Canadian, Australian and British actions of WW1, taking you westwards on a course of about 50km between Corbie and Long, as the navigable Somme weaves its way through a network of lakes formed centuries ago by flooded peat extractions, further enhanced by neighbouring woodland and cultivation, with just the occasional village and lock to navigate.  Includes Anzac Day Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux on the 25 April 2020  
h
From EUR 0
This liberation route covers the story of two of the major engagements on the border between Belgium and Germany.  The battle for the Hurtgen Forest, the (Schlacht im Hürtgenwald) was a series of fierce battles fought throughout the autumn and winter of 1944-45 between U.S. and German forces during World War II in the Hürtgen Forest south ear of Aachen east of the Belgian–German border. It was the longest battle on German ground during World War II, and the longest single battle the U.S. Army has ever fought.  Fought in cold and wet conditions it tested the endurance of men to their limits, and sometimes beyond. The battle of the Ardennes December 1944-January 1945, was one of the largest battles of the Second World War.  The German surprise attack on the weak US force in the Ardennes was a dramatic holding the sector is one of the most dramatic episodes in the Second World War. Although mainly fought by the American and German forces, the XXXth British Army Corps was engaged in the battle at the high point of the German attack and took part in several significant engagements, and Belgian and French units played a significant role. 
This is a very special tour as many of you came together for the first time on a Spirit of Remembrance tour for the Centenary of The Battle of Vimy Ridge.  We are so very pleased to welcome you back and for new guests to join. This is a specially designed tour beginning in London then travelling down to Newhaven where we cross on the ferry to Dieppe. Continuing onwards Caen XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Our new tour has now been created to fill the extensive demand we are still experiencing for bookings on our ‘once in a lifetime’ Vimy 100 Centenary tour series commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge on 9 April, 2017. Space is limited to 26 persons maximum and will fill quickly – so do not delay as this is the final tour we are operating for Vimy 100 due to lack of accommodation. Our ‘Vimy Sacrifice’ tour pays tribute to the sacrifice and bravery of the Canadian forces in WW1 in France and Belgium including the ‘once in a lifetime’ visit to the Vimy Ridge Memorial for the Centenary Commemoration for the Battle of Vimy on April 9 1917. We also walk the key battlegrounds for Canada in WW1 in France and Belgium including Ypres and the Ypres salient, Vimy Ridge, and the key Western Front Somme battlefields for Canada in WW1 - Come with Spirit of Remembrance to France and Belgium and walk over land that through courage and sacrifice has forever become a part of Canada.
Introduction: Whilst the Dawn Service at Gallipoli is famous the world over with both Australians and New Zealanders as the most revered of the overseas Anzac Day ceremonies, the ceremony at Villers-Bretonneux, first initiated in 1998 has rapidly gained ground as "the" ceremony to attend if you are in Europe or the UK. On 25 April 2020, it is the 102nd anniversary of the Second battle of Villers-Bretonneux.  Villers-Bretonneux is famous as the area where the Germans nearly broke through the Allied defences during the German spring offensive of 1918. The German High Command worked out that if they captured Amiens, then push quickly to the coast they would split the Allied Forces in two and win the war – or at least sue for peace on their terms. Their first major offensive had actually reached to within ten miles of Amiens, before being stopped in the first battle of Villers-Bretonneux. Brigadier General Grogan VC,who saw the attack on Villers-Bretonneux, described the successful counter attack by night at short notice across unknown and difficult ground as "perhaps the greatest individual feat of the war". The Allied Supreme Commander, Marshal Foch, referred to the "altogether astonishing valiance" (valour) of the Australians.