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 political nature of the entire planet. It would see the true birth of what the famous 19th century Prussian military strategist Carl von Clausewitz would call ‘Total War’. It would result in 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 not dwindled and the popularity of these battlefield tours continues to rise. 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 tours are to the battlefields of Europe where many of the pivotal battles of the War occurred. There are many options for those who want to delve deeply into the fateful days of those battles.
The tours that are popular cover a wide variety of areas. Some of the most popular cover the battles on 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 murderous 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 many 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 Europe. 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 who want to know more about the various forces that were involved in the conflict and the battlefields where they faced off against each other. These include tours to the sites on the Eastern Front where the savage defense of Moscow took place as well as the battle of Stalingrad,all of which led to the eventual withdrawal of the German army.
There are still other World War Two Battlefield tours that cover 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 include those to the countries where the battle against Japanese forces occurred. The Japanese capture of Singapore,Malaysia and Burma saw savage fighting with the British being forced from this Southeast Asian territory. It is a tour that highlights a fight against insurmountable odds – and how the battles changed the course of history.
The sheer number of battlefield tours that can be undertaken is a testament to just how global the conflict of the ww2 was. They give an insight into human nature,politics and the horrors of war. For anyone interested in history,a tour of this type is something well worthy of exploring.
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