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    The Holocaust

    The Holocaust 24 August – 3 September 2018, 10 nights/11 days: £2999 plus £45 single room supplement, where applicable. All airport transfers, private transport between locations, hotel...

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    Colditz Castle

    Escape to Colditz 21-23 April 2016, £499 plus £25 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. Oflag IVC, “Colditz”, the infamous WW2 POW Sonderlager or ‘Bad...

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    Crete: The Battle of Crete 75 & SOE kidnap of General Kriepe SOLD OUT!

    Crete: The Battle of Crete 75 & SOE kidnap of General Kriepe 28 April – 2 May 2016, £899 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where...

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    Peenemunde & Operation Hydra

    Peenemunde & Operation Hydra 9-11 June 2016,  £499 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. Located on the Baltic coast the Peenemünde Military...

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    Nazi Munich, Berchtesgaden, Obersalzburg, Hitler’s Berghof & Eagles Nest

    Nazi Munich, Berchtesgaden, Obersalzburg, Hitler’s Berghof & Eagles Nest June 16-18 2016, £499 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. 2 places left! The Bavarian...

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    Operation Barbarossa

    Operation Barbarossa 75th Anniversary Trip: Poland, Kaliningrad (Konigsberg, former East Prussia), Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia & Russia 23-28 June 2016, £1199 plus £30 per night single room supplement, where...

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    Operation Gamorrah: Hamburg Raid

    RAF Raid on Hamburg July 22-24 2016, £499 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. The Allied bombing of Hamburg during World War...

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    Operation Reinhard & The Holocaust

    Operation Reinhard & The Holocaust 19-21 August 2016, £499 plus £30 per night single room supplement, where applicable. 3 places available. Operation Reinhard (Aktion Reinhard or Einsatz Reinhard) was the...

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    V Rocket launch sites in North West Europe

    V Rocket launch sites in North West Europe 3-4 September 2016, £299 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. In order to carry...

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    Operation Valkyrie

    Operation Valkyrie 9-13 September 2016, £799 plus £35 per night single room supplement, where applicable. £200 deposit. Places available. Operation Valkyrie (Operation Walküre) was an order for the Territorial...

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    Operation Musketoon Raid on Glomfjord

    Operation Musketoon: Commando Raid, Norway 16-18 September 2016, £499 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. Operation Musketoon was the codeword for an Anglo-Norwegian Commando raid...

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    Auschwitz

    Auschwitz Trip 10-12 November 2016, £499 plus £35 single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. “Auschwitz”: the very word itself is synonymous with man’s inhumanity against man....

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    RAF Raid on Dresden

    RAF Raid on Dresden Anniversary February 12-14 2017, £549 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. The bombing of Dresden was a British...

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    Operation Jericho – Raid on Amiens Prison

    Operation Jericho: the Raid on Amiens Prison 17-19 February 2017, £549 plus £35 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. Operation Jericho was a low-level bombing...

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    Operation Biting: Bruneval Raid

    Operation Biting: Bruneval Raid – 75th Anniversary Trip 25-26 February 2017, £329 plus £35 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. Operation Biting, also known...

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    Himmler’s SS Wewelsburg Castle

    Himmler’s SS Wewelsburg Castle March 10-12  2017, £549 plus £30 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. It is said that the Wewelsburg was going to...

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    The Great Escape Camp: Stalag Luft III

    The Great Escape Camp: Stalag Luft III Trip 23-25 March 2016, £499 plus £30 per night single room supplement, where applicable. SOLD OUT! Stalag Luft III, known...

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    Operation Chariot: St Nazaire Raid

    St Nazaire: The Greatest Raid of all 24-26 March 2017 Raid 75th Anniversary , £549 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. The St...

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    V Rockets in the Harz Mountains

    V Rockets at Nordhausen: Mittelwerk & Kohnstein Mountain, Mittelbau Dora Camp & Buchenwald Concentration Camps April 7-9 2017, £549 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where...

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    Fort Eben-Emael & German Fallschirmjägers

    Fort Eben-Emael & German Fallschirmjägers 9-11 May 2017, £549 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. The Battle of Fort Eben-Emael was a battle...

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    Operation Chastise: Dambusters

    Operation Chastise: Dambusters Raid on the Mohne, Eder & Sorpe Dams 14-17 May 2017, £549 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. Operation...

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    Operation Anthropoid: Assassination of Heydrich, Prague

    Operation Anthropoid: The Assassination of Heydrich in Prague 26-28 May 2017, £549 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where appllicable. Places available. Operation Anthropoid was the...

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    2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich, SOE/SAS & The French Resistance – June 1944

    2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich, SOE/SAS & The French Resistance – June 1944 9-12 June 2017, £799 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable....

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    Operation Jubilee: Dieppe Raid

    Operation Jubilee & the Dieppe Raid 75th Anniversary 18-20 August 2017, £549 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. The Dieppe Raid, also...

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    Battle of Stalingrad

    Battle for Stalingrad 75th Anniversary Trip 1-5 september 2017, £1199 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. The Battle of Stalingrad (August 23, 1942 –...

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    Operation Market Garden: Drop/Landing Zones & Bridges

    Market Garden: Hells Highway, the Drop Zones & Bridges 22-24 Sept 2017, £549 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. Following the initial successes...

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    German occupation of the Channel Islands: Jersey

    German occupation of the Channel Islands: Jersey 30 September – 2 October 2017, £549 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. The Channel...

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    Nuremberg: Mass Rallies, Race Laws & Nazi War Crimes Trials

    Nuremberg: Mass Rallies, Race Laws & Nazi War Crime Trials 20-22 October 2017, £549 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where appllicable. Places available. The Nuremberg...

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    Operation Frankton

    Operation Frankton: The Cockleshell Heroes 8-10 December 2017, £549 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. Operation Frankton was an Allied raid on shipping in...

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    Battle of the Bulge

    The Battle of the Bulge Anniversary Trip 15-17 December 2017, £549 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. The Battle of the Bulge...

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    Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

    Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 75th Anniversary 18-20 April 2018, £549 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

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The Holocaust

24 August – 3 September 2018, 10 nights/11 days: £2999 plus £45 single room supplement, where applicable.

All airport transfers, private transport between locations, hotel accomodation and breakfast, all dinners, all museum entrances, MHT Tour Manager and talks and guidance by MHT’s Holocaust Historians (2) are included. Places available but strictly limited.

We visit: the Lodz Ghetto, Chelmno Extermination Camp, Warsaw Ghetto, Lublin Ghetto, Majdanek Concentration Camp, Trawniki Forced Labour Camp & Ukrainian Guard Training Camp: the home of the notorious “Hiwis”, Belzec Extermination Camp, Lviv Ghetto (Ukraine), Sobibor Extermination Camp, Treblinka Extermination Camp, Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Krakow Old Jewish Quarter: Kazimierz, Krakow Ghetto: Podgorze, Plaszow Forced Labour Camp & Oskar Schindler Story, Auschwitz I, The Ramp & Auschwitz II Birkenau Camps. With overnight stops in Lodz, Warsaw, Lublin, Zamosc, Lviv and Krakow.

We explain the Holocaust from the development of the T4 Euthanasia Project to the hell that was Auschwitz. On the way we see and explore the initial Einsatzgruppen Actions in Poland and the participation in massacres by  the Reserve Police Battalions. We explain the formation and life in the Jewish Ghettos and the heroic but tragic Ghetto Uprising and their liquidation and the subsequent Transports to the Death Camps. We explain the history of the Camps and the process of organised murder from the initial killings of the Gas Vans at Chelmno through to the big three Operation Reinhard Extermination Camps of Belzec, Sobibor and Treblinka. We visit little known places such as the Ukrainian Guard Training Camp at Trawniki which was also the scene of one of the largest massacres of the war: the Operation Harvest Festival slaughters near Lublin as the SS Economic workplaces were ‘cleared’. From despair we see a glimmer of hope in the Death Camps as the prisoners rose up in a desperate attempt to flee their captors and destroy the murderous facilities. Finally, as the Red Army advanced, we see how the Camps were closed down and all traces of existence removed as Auschwitz Birkenau, further to the West, took on its most deadly phase of murder. On this tour we trace the Jewish culture that was so prevalent in this part of Europe for hundreds of years and the attempt at its systematic destruction by the Nazi regime.

This is a once in a lifetime trip and is  MHT’s dedication to all those who suffered in the Holocaust.

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Escape to Colditz

21-23 April 2016, £499 plus £25 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

Oflag IVC, “Colditz”, the infamous WW2 POW Sonderlager or ‘Bad Boys Camp’ for Allied Officers.  Made famous by the old 1955 black & white John Mills film and the 1970’s TV series starring David McCallum. Colditz truly is an amazing place. Here the Germans attempted to collect all the prolific escapers and high profile prisoners in order to keep them under lock and key. Instead they created an ‘Escapers University’ – with more “Home Runs” from Colditz than any other POW camp! Come and let us show you how they did it…

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Crete: The Battle of Crete 75 & SOE kidnap of General Kriepe

28 April – 2 May 2016, £899 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. SOLD OUT!

The battle began on the morning of 20 May 1941, when Gemany  began an airborne invasion of Crete. Greek forces and other Allied forces, along with Cretan civilians, defended the island. After one day of fighting, the Germans had suffered very heavy casualties and the Allied troops were confident that they would defeat the invasion. The next day, through communication failures, Allied tactical hesitation and German offensive operations, Maleme airfield in western Crete fell, enabling the Germans to land reinforcements and overwhelm the defensive positions on the north of the island. Allied forces withdrew to the south coast. Over half were evacuated by the Royal Navy; the remainder surrendered or joined the Cretan resistance.

The kidnap of General Heinrich Kreipe was a Second World War operation by the Special Operations Executive (SOE), an organisation of the United Kingdom. The mission took place on the German occupied island of Crete in May 1944. Helped by Cretan resistance fighters, the SOE team successfully abducted Kreipe and managed to evade the German troops searching for them. When the team reached the coast, they were picked up by the Royal Navy and taken to Egypt.

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Peenemunde & Operation Hydra

9-11 June 2016,  £499 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

Located on the Baltic coast the Peenemünde Military Test Site was one of the most modern technological facilities in the world between 1936 and 1945. The first launch of a missile into space took place here in October 1942 and at the nearby air force testing area rocket engineers tested numerous flight objects equipped with revolutionary technology. From the start this research was directed toward one goal only: achieving military superiority through advanced technology. MHT traces the history of the Nazi weapons facility and the RAF’s attempts to destroy it.

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Nazi Munich, Berchtesgaden, Obersalzburg, Hitler’s Berghof & Eagles Nest

June 16-18 2016, £499 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. 2 places left!

The Bavarian capital of Munich held a special place in the Nazi pantheon  …  it was the “Hauptstadt der Bewegung” – the Capital of the Movement – the birthplace of the Nazi Party. Throughout the Third Reich period, Munich remained the spiritual capital of the Nazi movement, with headquarters buildings, museums to house the forms of artworks approved by Adolf Hitler, and shrines to the attempted Nazi putsch in November 1923. The Bavarian area of Obersalzberg was purchased by the Nazis in the 1920s for their senior leaders to enjoy. Hitler’s mountain residence, the Berghof, was located here. The Eagle’s Nest sits right at the very top. 

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Operation Barbarossa 75th Anniversary Trip: Poland, Kaliningrad (Konigsberg, former East Prussia), Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia & Russia

23-28 June 2016, £1199 plus £30 per night single room supplement, where applicable.  places available. £200 deposit secures a place.

Operation Barbarossa (German: Unternehmen Barbarossa) was the code name for Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II, which began on 22 June 1941. The operation was driven by Adolf Hitler’s ideological desire to conquer Soviet territory as outlined in his 1925 manifesto Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”). About four million soldiers of the Axis powers invaded the Soviet Union along a 2,900-kilometer (1,800 mi) front, the largest invasion force in the history of warfare. In addition to troops, the Germans employed some 600,000 motor vehicles and between 600,000 and 700,000 horses. It marked the beginning of the rapid escalation of the war, both geographically and in the formation of the Allied coalition.

Operationally, the Germans won resounding victories and occupied some of the most important economic areas of the Soviet Union, mainly in Ukraine, both inflicting and sustaining heavy casualties. Despite their successes, the German offensive stalled on the outskirts of Moscow and was subsequently pushed back by a Soviet counteroffensive. The Red Army repelled the Wehrmacht’s strongest blows and forced Germany into a war of attrition for which it was unprepared. The Germans would never again mount a simultaneous offensive along the entire strategic Soviet-Axis front.

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RAF Raid on Hamburg

July 22-24 2016, £499 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

The Allied bombing of Hamburg during World War II included numerous strategic bombing missions and diversion/nuisance raids. As a large port and industrial centre, Hamburg’s shipyards, U-boat pens, and the Hamburg-Harburg area oil refineries were attacked throughout the war.

The attack during the last week of July 1943, Operation Gamorrah, created one of the largest firestorms raised by the Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Forces in World War II, killing 42,600 civilians and wounding 37,000 in Hamburg and virtually destroying most of the city. Before the development of the firestorm in Hamburg there had been no rain for some time and everything was very dry. The unusually warm weather and good conditions meant that the bombing was highly concentrated around the intended targets and also created a vortex and whirling updraft of super-heated air which created a 1,500-foot-high tornado of fire, a totally unexpected effect. Various other previously used techniques and devices were instrumental as well, such as area bombing, Pathfinders, and H2S radar, which came together to work with particular effectiveness. An early form of chaff, code named ‘Window’, was successfully used for the first time by the RAF – clouds of shredded tinfoil dropped by Pathfinders as well as the initial bomber stream – in order to completely cloud German radar. The raids inflicted severe damage to German armaments production in Hamburg.

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Operation Reinhard & The Holocaust

19-21 August 2016, £499 plus £30 per night single room supplement, where applicable. 3 places available.

Operation Reinhard (Aktion Reinhard or Einsatz Reinhard) was the code name given to the Nazi plan to murder Polish Jews in the General Government, and marked the most deadly phase of the Holocaust, the use of extermination camps. During the operation, as many as two million people were murdered in Bełżec, Sobibor and Treblinka, almost all of whom were Jews. This is the most definitive tour of its kind. We visit all 3 camps, the Trawniki Ukrainian Guard Training Camp, Majdanek Concentration Camp and also the key SS locations of the Aktion Reinhard power base: Lublin.

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V Rocket launch sites in North West Europe

3-4 September 2016, £299 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

In order to carry out the planned V-1 “flying bomb” attacks on the United Kingdom, Germany built a number of military installations including launching sites and depots. Some of the installations were huge concrete fortifications. The Allies became aware of the sites at an early stage and carried out numerous bombing raids to destroy them before they came into use. V-1 launching sites in France were located in nine general areas – four of which had the ramps aligned toward London, and the remainder toward Brighton, Dover, Newhaven, Hastings, Southampton, Manchester,Portsmouth, Bristol, and Plymouth.

With the V2 because of the complexity of the missile and the need for extensive testing prior to launch, the V-2’s designers at the Peenemünde Army Research Center favoured using heavily defended fixed sites where the missiles could be stored, armed, and fuelled from an on-site LOX production plant before launching.

 

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Operation Valkyrie

9-13 September 2016, £799 plus £35 per night single room supplement, where applicable. £200 deposit. Places available.

Operation Valkyrie (Operation Walküre) was an order for the Territorial Reserve Army of Germany to execute and implement in case of a general breakdown in civil order of the nation. German Army (Heer) officers, including Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, modified the plan with the intention of using it to take control of German cities, disarm the SS, and arrest the Nazi leadership once Hitler had been assassinated in the July 20 Plot. The tour is split between Hitler’s Wolfs Lair where the bomb was detonated and Berlin itself, where the story, tragically, unfolded and where Hitler unleased his fury in the aftermath. 

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Operation Musketoon: Commando Raid, Norway

16-18 September 2016, £499 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

Operation Musketoon was the codeword for an Anglo-Norwegian Commando raid in the Second World War. The operation was mounted against the German-held Glomfjord Hydro Electric Power Station, pictured above, in Norway between 11–21 September 1942. The men selected were two officers and eight men from No. 2 Commando and two Norwegian corporals from the Norwegian Independent Company 1, part of the Special Operations Executive. The daring raid was highly successful and rendered the plant inoperable for the rest of the war. However, seven men were captured and executed under the new Hitler ‘Commando Order’.

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Auschwitz Trip

10-12 November 2016, £499 plus £35 single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

“Auschwitz”: the very word itself is synonymous with man’s inhumanity against man. It was a network of concentration and extermination camps built and operated in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany. It was the largest of the German concentration camps, consisting of Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II-Birkenau, Auschwitz III-Monowitz and 45 satellite camps. MHT sets these camps within the overall story of the German occupation of Poland and we explore the mechanisms of power in the Old Town, the WW2 Jewish Ghetto, the Old Jewish Quarter, the Plaszow Forced Labour Camp and the story of Oskar Shindler. 

Auschwitz is a location that simply everyone should visit in their lifetime.

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RAF Raid on Dresden Anniversary

February 12-14 2017, £549 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

The bombing of Dresden was a British and American attack on the city of Dresden, the capital of the German state of Saxony. In four raids between 13 and 15 February 1945, 722 heavy bombers of the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and 527 of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) dropped more than 3,900 tons of high-explosive bombs and incendiary devices on the city.The bombing and the resulting firestorm destroyed over 1,600 acres (6.5 km2) of the city centre. Large variations in the claimed death toll have fueled the controversy. In March 1945, the German government ordered its press to publish a falsified casualty figure of  200,000 for the Dresden raids, and death toll estimates as high as 500,000 have been given. The city authorities at the time estimated no more than 25,000 victims, a figure that subsequent investigations,  including a 2010 study commissioned by the city council, support.

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Operation Jericho: the Raid on Amiens Prison

17-19 February 2017, £549 plus £35 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

Operation Jericho was a low-level bombing raid by Allied aircraft on Amiens Prison in German-occupied France on 18 February 1944. The objective of the raid was to free French Resistance and political prisoners. The raid is remarkable for the precision and daring of the attack, which was filmed by a camera on one of the planes. Mosquito bombers succeeded in breaching the walls and buildings of the prison, as well as destroying guards’ barracks. We also explore Mosquito Raids on V Weapons sites in the nearby vacinity.

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Operation Biting: Bruneval Raid – 75th Anniversary Trip

25-26 February 2017, £329 plus £35 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

Operation Biting, also known as the Bruneval Raid, was the code name given to a British Combined Operations raid on a German radar installation at Bruneval in northern France, which took place on the night of 27–28 February 1942 during World War II. A number of these installations were identified from Royal Air Force (RAF) aerial reconnaissance photographs during 1941, but their exact purpose and the nature of the equipment that they possessed was not known. Scientists requested that one of these installations be raided and the technology it possessed be studied and, if possible, extracted and brought back to Britain for further examination.  It was decided that an airborne assault followed by seaborne evacuation would be the most practicable way to surprise the garrison of the installation, seize the technology intact, and minimise casualties to the raiding force.

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Himmler’s SS Wewelsburg Castle

March 10-12  2017, £549 plus £30 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

It is said that the Wewelsburg was going to be the “Grail Castle” of the Nazi regime, once it had established itself as rulers of the world. Is this true, and, if so, what was their ambition in this vast building project? It is clear that any Grail Castle to be built would have a geometrical design, and in the case of the Wewelsburg, that is a triangle. For Himmler, the Wewelsburg was not so much the location where the Grail was hidden, but where his Grail Order – the SS, the Schutzstaffel – and its sacred treasures – rumoured to be the Spear of Destiny – would be brought, and from which the magical power of the Nazi regime would radiate out.

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The Great Escape Camp: Stalag Luft III Trip

23-25 March 2016, £499 plus £30 per night single room supplement, where applicable. SOLD OUT!

Stalag Luft III, known to many as “The Great Escape” Camp was the vast POW Camp for Allied Airmen cut out of a thick forest in Upper Silesia, then in the East of Germany now in Poland and located 100 miles southeast of Berlin. The site was selected because it would be difficult to escape by tunneling given the sandy sub soil – however, the camp is best known for two famous prisoner escapes that took place there by tunneling: The Great Escape and The Wooden Horse Escape. We explore camp life as well as dozens of escapes attempts made by the POWs.

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St Nazaire: The Greatest Raid of all

24-26 March 2017 Raid 75th Anniversary , £549 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

The St Nazaire Raid or Operation Chariot was a successful British amphibious attack on the heavily defended Normandie dry dock in German-occupied France during the WW2. The operation was undertaken by the Royal Navy and British Commandos under the auspices of Combined Operations Headquarters on 28 March 1942. It was targeted because the loss of its dry dock would force any large German warship in need of repairs, such as the Tirpitz, to return to home waters rather than having a safe haven available on the Atlantic coast.

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V Rockets at Nordhausen: Mittelwerk & Kohnstein Mountain, Mittelbau Dora Camp & Buchenwald Concentration Camps

April 7-9 2017, £549 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

The name Mittelbau refers to a complex of factories, storage depots, facilities and prisoner camps, some underground, that were used from August, 1943 until April, 1945 to manufacture and test the V-2 rocket near Nordhausen in central Germany. The main V-2 assembly line was located in an underground factory called Mittelwerk that was excavated beneath Kohnstein Mountain, about 2 km southwest of the town of Neidersachswerfen. The Dora concentration camp (later called Mittelbau KZ), where most of the Mittelwerk workers were imprisoned, was located on the southwest edge of the Kohnstein, near the southern portals of Mittelwerk tunnels A and B.

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Fort Eben-Emael & German Fallschirmjägers

9-11 May 2017, £549 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

The Battle of Fort Eben-Emael was a battle between Belgian and German forces that took place between 10 May and 11 May 1940, and was part of the Battle of Belgium and Fall Gelb, the German invasion of the Low Countries and France. An assault force of German paratroopers, Fallschirmjäger, was tasked with assaulting and capturing Fort Eben-Emael; a Belgian fortress whose strategic position and strong artillery emplacements dominated several important bridges over the Albert Canal. The easterly roads led into the Belgium heartland and the rest of the Low Countries. These roads were which the German forces intended to use to advance into Belgium. As some of the German airborne forces assaulted the fortress and disabled the garrison and the artillery pieces inside it, others simultaneously captured three bridges over the Canal. Having disabled the fortress, the airborne troops were then ordered to protect the bridges against Belgian counter-attacks until they linked up with ground forces from the German 18th Army.

The battle was a strategic victory for the German forces, with the airborne troops landing on top of the fortress via the use ofgliders and using explosives and flamethrowers to disable the outer defences of the fortress.

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Operation Chastise: Dambusters Raid on the Mohne, Eder & Sorpe Dams

14-17 May 2017, £549 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

Operation Chastise – better known as the Dambusters Raid – was an attack on the mighty Dams of the Ruhr Valley, the industrial heartland of Nazi Germany. It was here on the night of May 16/17 th 1943 Wing Commander Guy Gibson led the brave men of 617 Squadron in their quest to drop the pioneering “bouncing bombs” designed by scientist Barnes Wallis. 144 young men took off from RAF Scampton, 56 failed to return, 3 being taken prisoner, 53 making the ultimate sacrifice. On this trip MHT pays tribute to the ingenuity and bravery of all these men.

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Operation Dynamo: Miracle of Dunkirk

26-28 May 2017, £549 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. 

In May 1940 the Germans conducted the ‘Blitzkrieg in the West’ and, after reaching the Channel, the Germans swung north along the coast threatening to capture the ports and trap the British and French forces before they could evacuate to Britain. Controversially the army were to halt for three days, giving the Allies time to organise an evacuation and build a defensive line. Despite the Allies’ gloomy estimates of the situation, with Britain discussing a conditional surrender to Germany, in the end over 330,000 Allied troops were rescued.

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Operation Anthropoid: The Assassination of Heydrich in Prague

26-28 May 2017, £549 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where appllicable. Places available.

Operation Anthropoid was the code name for the assassination of SS-Obergruppenführer and General der Polizei Reinhard Heydrich, head of the Reichssicherheitshauptamt (Reich Main Security Office, RSHA), the combined security services of Nazi Germany, and acting Reichsprotektor of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. It was carried out in Prague on 27 May 1942 after having been prepared by the British Special Operations Executive with the approval of the Czechoslovak government-in-exile. Wounded in the attack, Heydrich died of his injuries on 4 June 1942. His death led to a wave of merciless reprisals by the Germans, including the destruction of villages and the killing of civilians.

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2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich, SOE/SAS & The French Resistance – June 1944

9-12 June 2017, £799 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

Within days of the D-Day landings, the ‘Das Reich’ 2nd SS Panzer Division marched north through France to reinforce the front-line defenders of Hitler’s Fortress Europe. Veterans of the bloodiest fighting of the Russion Front, 15,000 men with their tanks and artillery, they were hounded for every mile of their march by saboteurs of the Resistance and agents of the Allied Special Forces. Along their route they took reporisals so savage they will live for ever in the chronicles of the most appalling atrocities of war inflicting appalling atrocities on French people in reprisal for real and imagined attacks by the Resistance.  Most notoriously, men of the Das Reich hanged 99 innocent hostages from the balconies of Tulle in the Correze, and massacred more than 500 people of all ages in the village of Oradour-sur-Glane. This is a story of the Das Reich, French Resistance and Allied Special Forces.

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Operation Jubilee & the Dieppe Raid 75th Anniversary

18-20 August 2017, £549 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

The Dieppe Raid, also known as the Battle of Dieppe, Operation Rutter during planning stages, and by its final official code-name Operation Jubilee, was an Allied attack on the German-occupied port of Dieppe during the Second World War. The raid took place on the northern coast of France on 19 August 1942. The assault began at 5:00 a.m. and by 10:50 a.m. the Allied commanders were forced to call a retreat. Over 6,000 infantrymen, predominantly Canadian, were supported byThe Calgary Regiment of the 1st Canadian Tank Brigade and a strong force of Royal Navy and smaller Royal Air Forcelanding contingents. It involved 5,000 Canadians, 1,000 British troops, and 50 United States Army Rangers.

Objectives included seizing and holding a major port for a short period, both to prove that it was possible and to gather intelligence. Upon retreat, the Allies also wanted to destroy coastal defences, port structures and all strategic buildings. The raid had the added objectives of boosting morale and demonstrating the firm commitment of the United Kingdom to open a western front in Europe. Virtually none of these objectives were met. Allied fire support was grossly inadequate and the raiding force was largely trapped on the beach by obstacles and German fire. Less than 10 hours after the first landings, the last Allied troops had all been either killed, evacuated, or left behind to be captured by the Germans. Instead of a demonstration of resolve, the bloody fiasco showed the world that the Allies could not hope to invade France for a long time.

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Battle for Stalingrad 75th Anniversary Trip

1-5 september 2017, £1199 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

The Battle of Stalingrad (August 23, 1942 – February 2, 1943) was a major battle for control of the city of Stalingrad in the southwestern Soviet Union. Marked by constant close quarters combat and disregard for military and civilian casualties, it is among the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare. The heavy losses inflicted on the Wehrmacht make it is arguably the most strategically decisive battle of the whole war – the German forces never regained the initiative in the East and withdrew vast military forces from the West to reinforce their losses.

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Market Garden: Hells Highway, the Drop Zones & Bridges

22-24 Sept 2017, £549 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

Following the initial successes of D Day the Allied advance began to develop supply problems and eventually halted at the Dutch/Belgian border at the beginning of September 1944. In order to break the deadlock Montgomery proposed using airborne troops to make a daring leap over the German defences and open up the way for a mass advance by the Allied armour into Germany. Despite an outstanding valiant and heroic attempt by the British they were unable to ‘hold until relieved’ by the Second Army and, in the name of Ryan’s famous book and subsequent Hollywood movie, it tragically proved to be ….. “A Bridge Too Far….”

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German occupation of the Channel Islands: Jersey

30 September – 2 October 2017, £549 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

The Channel Islands were occupied by Nazi Germany for much of World War II, from 30 June 1940 until the liberation on 9 May 1945. On this trip we explore the Bailiwick of Jersey – a British Crown dependencies in the English Channel near the coast of Normandy. The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to be invaded and occupied by German forces during the war.  The Occupation tale  is an extraordinary one of much resistance and some collaboration.  It also gives a fascinating insight into how the forces of the Third Reich would have behaved in mainland Britain.

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Nuremberg: Mass Rallies, Race Laws & Nazi War Crime Trials

20-22 October 2017, £549 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where appllicable. Places available.

The Nuremberg Rally was the annual rally of the Nazi Party inGermany, held from 1923 to 1938. They were large Nazi propaganda events, especially after Hitler’s rise to power in 1933 and were held at the Nazi party rally grounds in Nuremberg from 1933 to 1938 and are usually referred to in English as the “Nuremberg Rallies”.

At the annual party rally held in Nuremberg in 1935, the Nazis announced new laws which institutionalized many of the racial theories prevalent in Nazi ideology. The laws excluded German Jews from Reich citizenship and prohibited them from marrying or having sexual relations with persons of “German or related blood.” Ancillary ordinances to the laws disenfranchised Jews and deprived them of most political rights.

The Nuremberg trials  were a series of military tribunals, held by the Allied forces after World War II, which were most notable for the prosecution of prominent members of the political, military, and economic leadership of Nazi Germany who planned, carried out, or otherwise participated in The Holocaust and other war crimes. The trials were held in the city of Nuremberg, Germany. The first, and best known of these trials, described as “the greatest trial in history” by Norman Birkett, one of the British judges who presided over it.

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Operation Frankton: The Cockleshell Heroes

8-10 December 2017, £549 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

Operation Frankton was an Allied raid on shipping in the German occupied French port of Bordeaux in the Bay of Biscay during the Second World War. The raid was carried out by a small unit of Royal Marines known as the Royal Marines Boom Patrol Detachment (RMBPD), part of Combined Operations. The British Prime Minister Winston Churchill believed the mission shortened World War II by six months and Admiral Louis Mountbatten, the commander of Combined Operations, deemed the raid “the most courageous and imaginative of all the raids ever carried out by the men of Combined Operations”. 

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The Battle of the Bulge Anniversary Trip

15-17 December 2017, £549 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.

The Battle of the Bulge (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945) was a major German offensive campaign launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg on the Western Front toward the end of World War II in Europe. The surprise attack caught the Allied forces completely off guard. United States forces bore the brunt of the attack and incurred their highest casualties for any operation during the war. The battle also severely depleted Germany’s armored forces on the western front which Germany was largely unable to replace. German personnel and Luftwaffe aircraft also sustained heavy losses.

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Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 75th Anniversary

18-20 April 2018, £549 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available.