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Discussion in 'WWII Activities and Hobbies' started by Class of '42, May 4, 2020.

  1. Class of '42

    Class of '42 Active Member

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    I know it's not a good time to travel right now but wondering how many in here have done those WWII group battlefield tours??? I know Normandy and Pearl Harbor have been the most popular over the years but I am thinking of going elsewhere by next year...perhaps Bastogne?, Tarawa?, Volgograd?, Remagen? El Alamein?..just something different for our travel itinerary.
     
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    The US National WW2 Museum education programme is very good, and the profits go to running the museum.

    I am one of their local guides for the Easy Company Tours covering the UK and occasionally Normandy. The tours are often accompanied by really well know historians and for the Easy Company tours one of the cast members of Band of Brothers.

    If you want to do Stalingrad, I prepared a virtual battlefield study tour for the British military looking at urban warfare. The itinerary: Stalingrad, Ortona, Aachen, Berlin, Mandalay, Hue, Grosny. Not run yet. The clients are otherwise engaged on Covid 19 test stations.
     
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    I'd really like info on tours for the SWPA. New Guinea area preferably.
     
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    Thanks I may look into this. I'd really like to follow the New Guinea campaign from Port Moresby to Biak Island :rolleyes: and/or parts in between. With a side trip to IeShima possibly sometime.
    Just have to find a travel companion (s). Wife says go-have fun. Oh and save a Lot of pennies :)
     
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    Perhaps some of us can meet in the future and do this tour together..drink some beers in-between..sounds great.
     
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    Sorry I only do Finnish Victory Winter War tours and Tali-ihantala 1944.
     
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    Noted author and researcher Martin Pegler does battlefield tours in France.

    BTW, I visited Luxembourg and Belgium and saw some things over there. Went via a private group.
     
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    If you are interested in the Italian Campaign I can help. I am a battlefield guide for Salerno, Cassino, Anzio and the Gothic Line - all of whom had a strong US presence. A fascinating part of the Second World War and hugely controversial.

    Regards

    Frank
     
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    My Dad was in the Italian Campaign until the end....always wanted to retrace his footsteps from his scrap book...I'll keep you in mind Frank when the time comes.
     
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    What unit did he serve in?

    Frank
     
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    He was with the 3485th Ordnance Medium Automotive Maintenance Company...which I believe was under the 73rd Armored Ordnance Maintenance Battalion. I think he once mentioned they got as far north as the Po Valley. So much for the '"soft underbelly of the Axis" that Churchill was famous for quoting.

    Picture of my Dad quietly filling out paperwork around late '44..look closer behind him and I wondered how he got anything done with that distraction..;)

    Dad at work 3485th Ordnance Medium Automotive Maintenance Italy circa 1945.png
     
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    I have had a look at the units that came under command US Fifth Army in Italy.

    3485 is sown as an Ordnance Medium Maintenance Company (Q)

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    Once I have been to tank museum in England, it was awesome. I have seen the T-34 first in my life.
     
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    Visiting places with veterans where thousands were killed is something you never forget. Back in 2004 I was visiting Tali-Ihantala where Finland´s future was decided in July 1944. Germany had sent At-weapons and we managed to counter the attack and Stalin gave up. There were some 2,000 veterans you could hear the medals hitting each other. The local Soviet police youngsters were laughing at the sight of old people. If I had said that in Russian ( if I could speak Russian ) that this is where all your granfathers died from Finnish fire I probably would have ended in prison. This is where our military leader Mannerheim said "this is where we stop the enemy.. If you don´t there is nowhere left to hide or go." A month later a Russian division tried to cut Finland half in mid-Finland. As I said the knowledge and living in the forest is a thing that gives you the benefit. The division was surrounded and crushed. Poor soldiers, Stalin did not understand that all the men, artillery, planes did not win it. the will of the soldier did it.
     

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