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.
While not technically a battlefield tour we will be running a Motorbike journey through the North of Vietnam in April 2014, and will have options for people wishing to get out and see Dien Bien Phu. For more details on this journey please click here!
Just a quick announcement to let everyone know that our Tour Departure for the 72nd Anniversary of the Guadal Canal Campaign is now available and details can be viewed here!
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.