These educational trips take you along the memorable and historical battlefields of the Second World War.
The Second World War was the biggest and deadliest war in history, involving more than 30 countries. Inflamed by the invasion of Poland by the nazis in 1939, the war continued for six bloody years until the Allies defeated Nazi Germany in 1945.
On the morning of Tuesday 6 June, the largest Allied invasion in history broke through the Atlantic Wall defences, paving the way for the Second Front and contributing to the final defeat of Hitler's Third Reich.
The American war machine can hardly adapt to the characteristic hedge landscape of the Cotentin peninsula: the Bocage.
This maze of small meadows and hollow roads, enclosed by dense hedges, is ideal for guerrilla-like actions.
The Americans, who were keen to advance as quickly as possible, found themselves in an almost impenetrable and confusing landscape, with an enemy armed to the teeth behind each hedge.
The evacuation of Dunkirk, codenamed "Operation Dynamo", was the evacuation of allied soldiers during the Second World War from the beaches and the port of Dunkirk, in the north of France, between 26 May and 4 June 1940.
Atlantic walll - Eperleques bunker - Fort of Mimoyecques - La Coupole - Secret Nazi bases.
In the quest for world domination, the Nazis built some of the biggest and deadliest pieces of military hardware and malevolent technology in history.
Also called "Battle of the Bulge" (16 Dec 44 - 16 Jan 45), the last major German offensive on the western front during the Second World War. An unsuccessful attempt to keep the Allies back from the German homeland.
Plunge into the hell of the Waffen SS "Das Reich" who was responsible for the massacres of Tulle and Oradour-sur-Glane in June 1944. A shocking tour full of betrayals, executions and madness in the footsteps of the Nazi barbarism.
La "Résistance" the "Maquis" as a secret army has played an important role in destroying the critical infrastructure of the Germans in the preparation of D-Day. The Maquisard terrorized the German occupier and the Vichy regime in France wherever possible.
The massacre of Oradour-sur-Glane took place on 10 June 1944. The village was enclosed that day by the first regiment of the SS-Panzer-Division "Das Reich" and eventually destroyed. In this robbery, 642 people were murdered. Only six people survived the massacre.
Battle Hürtgenwald & Remagen
After the capture of Aachen battles broke out in the area south of Aachen that was to be called Battle of the Hűrtgenwald. From September 1944 to February 1945 there was heavy fighting here.
From this area in March 1945 took also the advance to the bridge of Remagen place (operation Lumberjack).
A journey of discovery in the footsteps of evil.
The rise, ideology, barbarism and collapse of Nazism.
1/ The NS-Ordensburg Vogelsang is a former training camp of the NSDAP in the German Eifel, near the Belgian border in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The 'Vogelsang' complex trained the smartest young people who would later become the leaders of the Third Reich.
2/ Wewelsburg Castle in North Rhine-Westphalia. In 1934 the SS acquired the castle because SS headmaster Heinrich Himmler wanted to establish a school for SS leadership. Later, Wewelsburg Castle was one of the main focal points of Himmler's SS cult mythology.
3/ Bergen-Belsen: "A city of the living dead"
The camp was one of the larger concentration camps within Germany. Bergen-Belsen was approximately sixty kilometres northeast of the city of Hanover. It was populated by a large number of Jews who were no longer able to work, as well as forced labourers and later also evacuated prisoners from concentration camps in the east.
Anne Frank and her sister Margot ended up in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
4/ Buchenwald Concentration Camp
In 1937, one of the great Nazi concentration camps was established in Buchenwald, on the Ettersberg hill near Weimar in Thuringia. Buchenwald remained one of the most important camps in the history of the Third Reich, with numerous sub-camps under administration. Buchenwald was not in itself an extermination camp (like Auschwitz), but the prisoners were starved to death, mistreated, and worked to death in the camp quarry and the adjoining weapons factories.
5/ Mittelwerk V-1 / V-2 Missile Factory, Nordhausen - Dora Concentration Camp
The underground factory for the production of V-1 and V-2 rockets on the southern border of the Harz near Nordhausen and the adjoining concentration camp where the forced labourers who built the rockets were housed - the Mittelwerk rocket factory and the Dora-Mittelbau.
6/ Nuremberg: The Nazis regarded Nuremberg as the "most German of German cities" - a classic example of a city rich in Germanic and imperial history; the Nazi hierarchy made Nuremberg the city for Nazi party gatherings. From 1933 to 1938, the NSDAP held its annual gatherings in Nuremberg every year -- huge one-week gatherings that brought hundreds of thousands of people to the city to watch the nationalist and militaristic extravaganza.
1: Moscow - Volgograd/Stalingrad - Kursk
2: Moscow - St Petersburg - Volvograd/Stalingrad - Kursk
The Eastern Front was the name of the war scene in Central and Eastern Europe during the Second World War, from 22 June 1941 to 9 May 1945. The front is known for the many lives it has claimed and for the inhumane way in which the war is fought. Operation Barbarossa is one of the most significant attacks on the Eastern Front. It is considered to be the most decisive battlefield of the entire Second World War.
Dark Kiev - Kiev a une histoire sombre et passionnante dont même ses habitants ne savent rien.
Loup-garou - Il n'y a pas d'autre endroit au monde où vous pouvez visiter les bases militaires des trois Nazis les plus puissants en un jour.
Valkyrie - Invisible et le plus grand au monde. Le bunker nazi de Wolf's Lair où Hitler a rencontré la plupart de ses alliés.
Ligne de front - Le front sud de Kiev a du empêcher les troupes nazies de se rendre en Union soviétique.
Les tunnels de Staline - Le secrétaire général Josif Vissarionovitch Staline et ses conseillers ont préparé l'Union soviétique à la guerre des années 30 et ils ont décidé que les approvisionnements par train sous le fleuve Dniepr seraient l'option la plus sûre.
The Czech Republic is a very fascinating beautiful country with a very rich and turbulent history, breathtaking nature, a vibrant culture and a beautiful capital Prague. But also the lesser known Bohemian interior is a pearl! But the Bohemian territory has often been the cradle of wars, dictatorships, European conflicts and imposing religious wars in the past. We offer you a fascinating and interesting immersion in the 'dark periods' of the Czech Republic!
Almost the entire territory of Poland was affected by war, so you can find war locations almost everywhere. The experiece tour through World War II includes some of the most important sites and gives you the chance to learn more about those tragic times.
You will visit Warsaw and Krakow, Auschwitz and Lambinoice, Riese Complex in Lower Silesia, Miedzyrzecz and Hitler’s headquarters known as Wolf’s Lair.
The Invasion of Italy
German defensive line of the Italian Campaign of World War II
How Malta Survived The Second World War.
In July 1943 the Allies landed on Sicily and freed part of southern Italy. Mussolini surrenders. The Germans did not accept it. During four months bloody battles took place in the mountains around Cassino, between Rome and Naples, in which about 75,000 soldiers were killed. The Allies finally win. At the beginning of June 1944 they liberated Rome.
Palermo - Catania - Turin - Messina - Salerno - Monte Casino -Grand Sasso - Anzio - Rome
Gothic line reinforcements
The only substantial part of Nazi Germany's immense defence line through northern Italy that is still largely intact today.
The Gothic Line ran from east to west along the peaks of the Apennine Mountains and was the last stronghold of the German troops in Italy.
The four battles for Monte Cassino in Italy took place between January and May 1944. Here the Allied Forces involved in some of the most bitter fighting of the Second World War, where steep mountain slopes and winter weather were combined with the German defenders’ determination and skill.
San Pietro infine - Mountain Sambucaro ( caves ) - Brunetti Palace - Monte Lungo - Liri valley - Rapido river - Monte Casino - Field hospital ( doctors house ) - Snake head ridge - Cavendish road - Rome ( The Sorate bunker )
The Islands' strategic location made it centre stage in the theatre of war in the Mediterranean: a key stronghold from which the Allies could sustain their North African campaign and from which they could launch their eventual attack on mainland Italy.
Malta became a base for Allied attacks on enemy ships plying supply routes to North Africa and on the Italian air and naval bases. In return the Islands were under constant attack, in a game of return fire.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, high risk commando and paratrooper mission were conceived and executed. Not all were successful but the skill and bravery of the troops involved is unbelievable.
Under Unusual Expeditions we experience 2 of the most daring raids in the European theater during World War II
In the "Trail of the Kidnappers" is an adventurous expedition that combines history, hiking and culture.
Operation "Gunnerside" was the second British plan during World War II to destroy the Vemork heavy-water plant.
Hitler's efforts to produce an atomic bomb were thwarted by a highly secret allied mission in 1943. A small group of men were sent to destroy a production facility nestled within a deep gorge in the Nowegian mountains. Their truly heroic and inspiring story demonstrates the highest degree of stoicism, resourcefulness, teamwork and determination.
Join us as we follow ski routes used by the Famous Team Of Norwegian Special Forces who attacked and destroyed the Heavy Water Plant in Vemork, Norway, thus stopping Hitler from developing Atomic and Nuclear weapons in WW2.
This Expedition is completely tailored for novice nordic skiers.
Death Railway Bridge - Hellfire Pass - La bataille de Prachuap Khri Khanwas / Unusual Bangkok
The historic bridge is a symbolic reminder of the harrowing cruelty suffered by the Allied POWs ( Prisoners of war) forced into service by the Japanese.
Riding the unfamous Death Railway section.
Hellfire Pass itself is a cutting on the former infamous Death Railway in western Thailand.
Phra That Cave-apart from the historically dark sites there are also some literally dark caves.
The Battle of Prachuap Khri Khanwas an early engagement of the Japanese invasion of Thailand in the Southeast Asian theatre of World War II.
Death Railway Bridge - Hellfire Pass – The Battle of Prachuap Khri Khanwas
Hellfire Pass trekking: Countless gorges had to be cut out of mountains to make way for this death railway.
Death Railway & River Kwai bridge: the construction of the Thai-Burma railway line and the bridge over the river Kwai was the most terrible project during the occupation of the Japanese during the Second World War.
Phra That Cave: the cave is very impressive, and especially dark.
The Battle of Prachuap Khri Khan: 33 hours of resistance. The Thai fighters who resisted an empire.
The invasion in December 1941 in the bay of Ao Manao came as a surprise for many Thai...
The forgotten drama of the Pekanbaru railway on Sumatra, built by prisoners of war under the Japanese occupation.
Under the yoke of the Japanese army they performed forced labour on the Burma and Sumatra railways.
Approximately 4000 Dutch, +/- 1000 British, Australians, Americans and New Zealanders (300 in total). Together with more than 120,000 Indonesian workers, called Romusha by the Japanese, were used as the most important workforce on the railways. They built dikes and cut passages through the jungle and along the ravines.. The degree of extermination of the local labour force was unfathomable, with reports at the end of the war estimating that only 16,000 survived.
So many years later, the scars of that past are still visible.