On the 12th September this year- 2017, it is the 72nd Anniversary of the Liberation of Singapore from the Japanese occupation that was between the 15th February 1942 to the day the Japanese Commander forcibly surrendered to the British – 12th September 1945.
There are many Australian servicemen still alive today from the terrible day the 15th February 1942 when they were forced to lay down their arms by the British General commanding “Fortress Singapore”. This visit is open to all ex servicemen and women along with their families, children and grandchildren.
This visit will operate between Saturday 9th and Friday 15th September – Battlefields of the World “Liberation” tour covering all the sites where action took place in those WWII days long ago.
The full itinerary will be posted in the next few weeks along with the land only cost, this will allow intending travellers to extend their stay if they wish, or travel pre the tour dates. We’ll also offer an extension to Thailand to enable a visit to the Thai – Burma Railway where many of the military prisoners from Singapore were taken to be forced labor on the Japanese railway, others were sent to North Borneo to build an airstrip. Out of more than 2,400 POW’s sent to Sandakan in North Borneo, only 6 survived to see the Japanese brought to justice.
Battlefields of the World is proud to announce that our 2016 Programme for the 50th commemoration of the Battle Of Long Tan. We have a fantastic programme covering the Australian Areas of Operation in the South that can be extended to cover further sites relevant to the Vietnam War in the North and then if desired on to Dien Bien Ph. For more information JUST CLICK HERE!
Gallipoli Departures escorted & guided by Lt.Col Peter Sweeney have amended costs, due to the decline in the rate of exchange between the Australian and US Dollar since the Gallipoli programme was costed back in July 2014 up until 2nd February 2015. This applies to both the July & October 2015 departures. The new cost for the Land Only on both departures is now AUD 3,850.00 per person share twin. With a single supplement of AUD 575.00 for a sole use room. Airfares are additional to the Land cost and we have many discounted fares available on first class carriers ex Australia to suit your home uplift port and possible stop off ports enroute to or from Turkey and beyond
Lieutenant Colonel Peter Sweeney RFD (Retired) joined the Australian Army Reserve (Infantry Corps) as an Officer Cadet in 1966 and served, raising through the ranks until he officially retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2000. He has received a number of Awards and Commendations during his service, and during his service and since retirement has travelled to a number of Historical Battlefields across the world including Gallipoli, Islawanda, Rorkes Drift, Pearl Harbour and Normandy to name a few. Today Peter is a Gallipoli Specialist and member of the Guild Of Battlefield Guides (UK).
We have been incredibly lucky to have Peter ask to lead two great departures to Gallipoli in 2015 – the year, 100 years on from when the ANZAC Forces landed in the Dardanelles during World War I.
11 days, Australia to Australia, we spend a brief time in Istanbul before heading down to the Dardanelles for an in-depth look at the battlefields of the Gallipoli Campaign. From Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair, where the Australian and New Zealand Forces were stationed. To Kabatepe, and the Turkish positions, to the French area of operation in Cape Hellas to Sulva Bay in the North where the British Landed.
We have 2 fantastic departures, one in July and one in October, for more information, read on ..
The visitation of Anzac Cove and the Gallipoli Peninsula in the Dardanelles over ANZAC Day (25th April) has become something of a pilgrimage for many Australians, especially in recent years … and next year, 2015, is the 100th Commemoration of the Landings at Anzac Cove in World War I, and it is turning into a huge year for attendance, with actual allowed places being drawn by Ballot.
If you would like to visit Gallipoli over the 100th Anniversary we have a fantastic tour available, with limited spaces, and the ability to help get you to the formal services if you are a ballot ticket holder, or you can join us at an informal gathering away from the cove.