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To the readers of this web site I wish to introduce (or re-introduce) to you to one of the best qualified battlefield guides in the world – Graeme Cooper.
I’ve worked with “Coops” on the battle sites of the Western Front the Beaches of Normandy and his speciality Waterloo. I’ve also walked the battlefields of the South African Zulu and Boer Wars on a “busman’s picnic tour” back in 2010 when we as members of the Guild of Battlefield Guides went to study those battles of 1879-80 and 1899-1902.
“Coops” is a great fountain of knowledge and the best of story tellers, you can see what he describes before you look at the topography of the battle scene. Sadly “Coops” will be escorting his last tour in 2018. This will be my great friends last field trip, as we are all putting on the years.
If you want an exceptional guided Battlefield experience this is one you just can’t pass up ! For further information in Australia – New Zealand or Oceania please make contact with me (Dennis J Weatherall) at Battlefields of the World, by phone (+62 2) 9520 6023 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 ..
Despite the fact that there was NO known Australian participation in the American Civil War it is non the less a piece of history that has had resounding effects on conflict in future campaigns as well as social and economic ideologies in the centuries since and well beyond the American Boarders.
In April 2014 we will have a 12 night 13 day programme commencing Sunday 27th ex Washington, visiting the Eastern Theatre Camapigns of the American Civil War
Despite the fact that these events occured over a hundred and fifty years ago the stark images that we even now see are no less moving or poignant than those we would see in those taken during either World Wars, the Vietman War or any other conflict. To give you an idea of what those times were like take a look at this powerpoint slideshow that came to me from a fellow Battlefield Enthusiast from source unknown. USA_1861-1865 , was probably one of the earliest conflicts we could say was the dawn of modern warfare with a photographic and visual record.