In 1939 the world was plunged into a war that would engulf just about every nation on the planet. The conflict of what was to become known as World War Two was to change the geopolitical structure of the entire planet. It would see the first time that ‘Total War’ was used. It would produce horror,heroes and villains – and during its course would see some of the most massive battles of history occur on a number of continents.
the continued fascination with both the conflict and its eventual results has continued to fuel the popularity of World War Two battlefield tours. Specialised tour operators continue to offer services to the thousands of those with an interest in history and armed conflict.
Some of the most popular of these holidays are to the battlefields of Europe where many of the important battles of the War occurred. There are many options for those who want to delve deeply into the fateful days of those battles.
The holidays that remain popular cover a wide variety of areas. Some of the most popular cover the events of D-Day when ‘Operation Overlord’ took place. This was the Allied push into Europe when those landing on the beaches of Normandy had to endure terrific German fire. The tales of individual bravery and the strategy behind the invasion are still to this day the stuff of legend. Today,tours are hosted by experts in the field of military history. This was the biggest amphibious invasion in human history,backed by paratroopers dropped far behind enemy lines. The tours cover various aspects – from the experiences of individual soldiers who came face to face with the horrors of modern warfare – to the logistics,planning and weapons that were brought to bear to liberate France. It remains a great exploration of just how war affects each and every person that it touches.
There are other tours which follow the path taken by American and Allied troops after the beaches had been taken,where they faced some of the most terrible fighting of the entire war (through the Bocage) as they pushed onwards towards Germany.
There are many other European World War Two Battlefield tours that provide those interested in the War an in-depth insight into the various forces that were involved in the conflict and the battlefields where they fought it out. These include tours to the sites in Russia where the savage defense of Moscow took place as well as the battle of Stalingrad,all of which led to the eventual retreat of the German forces.
There are still other World War Two Battlefield tours that focus on the conflict in the Mediterranean,including the battle for Egypt and the battles between the Allies and the legendary Desert Fox.
Still further tour options cover those to the sites where the battle against Japanese forces occurred. The Japanese seizure of Singapore,Malaysia and Burma saw savage fighting with the British being driven out of this Southeast Asian territory. It is a tour that highlights a fight against insurmountable odds – and how the battles changed history.
The huge number of battlefield tours that are available is a testament to just how global the conflict of the Second World War was. They provide an insight into human nature,politics and the horrors of war. For anyone interested in history,a tour of this type is something well worth considering.
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