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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.
I thought I would start by introducing you to some passionate military historians and battlefield guides who can spend weeks, if not months, of each year walking and guiding interested people across the battlefield sites of the world. I was invited to join the Guild after having worked in association with a fellow member. We were touring the Western Front with a Battlefield Study Group from ADFA – RMC (Australian Defence Force Academy – Royal Military College Duntroon Canberra) when I was invited to consider membership. Why may you ask ? Well it’s as simple as being tested and put through the hoops, and being qualified by your peers, proving to yourself you know what you’re talking about and can deliver it in the field to clients in a way that brings the battlefield alive, they feel it, touch it and can even smell the battles of old. Many people visit battlefields for varying reasons – general interest, to study history in the raw, or follow in their relatives’ foot steps. What’s important is to do it with a professional battlefields guide. The Guild’s website tells the complete story: gbg-international.com Cheers, Dennis – Old Sea Dog Weathers
Welcome to my little corner of the internet. If you’re interested in military history you have come to the right site.
For now, we are still in the process of getting set up and prepared, but shortly you will be able to peruse the website where you shall be able to access a full range of our scheduled battlefield tours, one-off unique destination departures, individual battlefield tours, and news of upcoming projects and events.
All our tours are fully created, prepared and escorted by our knowledgeable and fully qualified international travel experts. We cover all corners of the globe, battlefields and conflicts from the last century and beyond, and believe in delivering a quality experience that will be remembered for a lifetime.
So, please hang on, keep checking back and watch as this page evolves .. Cheers, Dennis