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Auschwitz Trip 9-11 November 2017, £549 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…

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Third Reich Berlin 16-18 November 2017, £549 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. Welthauptstadt (“World Capital”) Germania was the name Adolf Hitler gave to the projected renewal of the German capital Berlin to have been completed by 1950 in time for Berlin to host a World Fair. However, his vision for the future of Germany after the planned victory in World War II was dashed by the destruction of war. Albert Speer, “the first architect of the Third Reich”, produced many of the plans for the rebuilt city and these and the work of other…

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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…

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RAF Raid on Dresden Anniversary February 12-14 2018, £549 plus £45 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…

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Operation Jericho: the Raid on Amiens Prison 16-18 February 2018, £549 plus £45 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,…

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Himmler’s SS Wewelsburg Castle March 15-17  2018, £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…

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The Great Escape Camp: Stalag Luft III Trip 23-25 March 2018, £549 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. 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…

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St Nazaire: The Greatest Raid of all 23-25 March 2018 Raid 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…

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V Rockets at Nordhausen: Mittelwerk & Kohnstein Mountain, Mittelbau Dora Camp & Buchenwald Concentration Camps April 5-7 2018, £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…

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Escape to Colditz 19-21 April 2018, £499 plus £30 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’…

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Operation Chastise: Dambusters Raid on the Mohne, Eder & Sorpe Dams 15-17 May 2018, 75th Anniversary, £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…

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Operation Dynamo: Miracle of Dunkirk 25-27 May 2018, £549 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Last few 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…

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Operation Anthropoid: The Assassination of Heydrich in Prague 26-28 May 2018, £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…

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Nazi Munich, Berchtesgaden, Obersalzburg, Hitler’s Berghof & Eagles Nest June 21-23 2018, £599 plus £50 per night single room supplement, places available. 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…

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Battle for Stalingrad Tour 12-16 August 2018, £1249 plus £45 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…

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Peenemunde & Operation Hydra 17-19 August 2018, £549 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…

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Operation Reinhard & The Holocaust 7-9 September 2018, £549 plus £35 per night single room supplement, where applicable. 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…

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Hitler’s Wolfs Lair September 14-16 2018, £599 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. The Wolf’s Lair is the English name for Wolfsschanze, Adolf Hitler’s Eastern Front military headquarters, one of several Führerhauptquartier (Führer Headquarters) or FHQs located in various parts of Europe. The complex, constructed by Organisation Todt and built for Operation Barbarossa – the 1941 German invasion of the Soviet Union, is located in the Masurian woods in the fomer East Prussia. Hitler first arrived on the night of 23 June 1941, and departed for the last time on 20 November 1944. Overall, Hitler spent over 800 days…

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Operation Valkyrie Tour 14-18 September 2018, £849 plus £45 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…

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Operation Musketoon: Commando Raid, Norway 21-23 September 2018, £599 plus £45 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Sold out! 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…

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German occupation of the Channel Islands: Jersey 28 – 30 September 2018, £549 plus £45 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…

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Battle of Berlin 1945: The Oder to the Reichstag April 24-27 2015, £599 plus £30 per night single room supplement, where applicable. SOLD OUT!

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D Day: British & Canadian Beaches & the German Defence of Normandy  5-8 June 2015, £599 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. Literature released shortly.

Peenemunde V Rockets 1-3 May 2014, £449 plus £40 per night single room supplement, where applicable. Places available. 

Stalag Luft III, better known as The Great Escape Camp, was located just south of the German town of Sagan. These days the camp is largely overgrown and is located near what is now the Polish town of Zagan. The area has a long history of warfare and graves in the cemetery near the camp date back to Napoleonic times. Due to its location on the West East train route from Berlin the town has a significantly large train station and junction. These days it still operates but…

There are many detractors from this classic movie. Everyone is entitled to their own opionion on both the movie itself and the story it seeks to tell. Taken as pure piece of film making there is little doubt that it is a fine piece of cinematography which keeps the viewer gripped and no one who has watched it can deny the impact it has on the viewer both in terms of the enthralling story line and tragic end. TV audiences are treated to an airing every single Christmas…

Each and every year Military History Tours takes guests to Stalag Luft III on the anniversary of The Great Escape. We stand at the Harry exit in the quiet of night and reflect on the event that tool place there back in 1944. It is a sad reality that over the last few years we have been alone when paying our respects and we hope and believe the 70th anniversary in March 2014 will see an upturn in others paying their respects too. It is of course true…

MHT posed the question to MHT Director, Third Reich Historian and Colditz Expert, Nick Jackson: “why go to Colditz and what is there really to see these days?” The answer is a truly exciting one: “If ever there was a spirit to keep alive it is that from Colditz Castle.  One of MHT’s most popular trips, we can bring to life the stories of the extraordinary courage, ingenuity and humour of a WWII prisoner community that became a legend. Out visit not only explores ALL the elements of…