WWI&WWII battlefield combo tour in the making...!
The Belgium-established and based “Time Travel Company“ (Didier PARMENTIER, www.thetimetravelcompany.be) and “Gaul’s Legacy Tours” (Silvia GAUL, www.gauls-legacy-tours.lu/index.php/en-us/) from Luxembourg are presently cooperating on a WWI&WWII battlefield combination tour to focus on the U.S. forces’ presence in the “Meuse-Argonne” region (France) in 1918, as well as in the “Battle of the Bulge” December 1944-January 1945 in both the Luxembourg and Belgian Ardennes.
This unique 2-day orientation tour is meant to highlight the fact that a number of key U.S. Divisions that fought in France towards the end of WWI, would 26 years later be found fighting in the Ardennes! The first day of the overall tour would focus on the visit of important and impressive places in the Meuse Argonne region such as: Montfaucon, Romagne, Vauquois, Cheppy, Varennes, Douaumont, Fleury, St. Mihiel and Montsec. Optionally, this tour can be extended by another day to the greater Verdun area for a more general overview of this key WWI battle.
The tour, led by the Belgian battlefield-archeologist and WWI expert Isabelle MASSON-LOODTS (www.landscapesatwar.eu/), will consist of visits of selected, impressive US memorials in the area, military cemeteries, terrain walks, museums... etc.
The WWII part of the combination in the Ardennes will start in Luxembourg and roll over to the Belgian Ardennes with a number of tourstops and visits to important towns and places (Luxembourg, Ettelbruck, Diekirch, Wiltz, Clervaux and the greater Bastogne area), supplemented by visits of selected museums, memorials and cemeteries and former battlefield areas. It will be given by Luxembourg “Bulge” historian, Roland GAUL, former Director/Curator of the National Museum of Military History in Diekirch. On request, this tour segment can be extended by one more day with visits to the German border area in the “Eifel” to see former “Westwall” installations to become familiar with the river crossings at the beginning of the “Rhineland campain” in early February 1945, following the “Bulge”.
The combination tour can be given in English, French, Flemish and German.
The detailed, final combination tour will be advertised beginning of 2017.