Tour of World War II sites in Europe was life-changing experience
My recent trip to Europe, a tour of WWII cities and sites led by Jefferson High School teacher Bob Pittard, was definitely the trip of a lifetime. Over the course of 12 days, I got to know 25 peers, six teachers and the history of World War II better than I ever thought I could. The very first day, we drove through Paris, went to the Batterie de Merville (a German gun emplacement that was one of the first places to be attacked by Allied forces on D-Day); visited Sword Beach, where some Allied troops came ashore on June 6, 1944; and got to stay at the beautiful Hotel La Marine on Gold Beach, another place where Allied troops began turning the tide of World War II.
Notorious Nazi PoW camp Colditz opens up as a hotel: Price includes 3-hour tour of tunnels and hidden rooms
It`s the place brave but foolhardy Brits risked everything to escape from in World War II. But now those looking for a different kind of escape are heading back to the notorious Colditz - after the prisoner-of-war camp in southern Germany was turned into a hotel. Tours from the UK are offering overnight stays for guests paying £20 a night to get the ultimate "prisoner experience" at the castle once used by the Nazis to hold troublesome Allied PoWs. Guests staying there get a 3-hour tour of tunnels and hidden rooms used by the POWs in their attempts to break out.
Classic turn-based strategy games: Conflict-Series
If you like classic turn-based PC war games and legendary strategy board games make sure to check out the highly rated Conflict-series for Android. Some of the WWII Campaigns include Axis Balkan Campaign, D-Day 1944, Operation Barbarossa, France 1940, Kursk 1943, Market Garden, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Rommel's North African campaign, and the Battle of Bulge. In addition to WWII some other time periods include Korean War, American Civil War, First World War and American Revolutionary War. The more complex campaigns like Operation Sea Lion, Invasion of Norway, and Invasion of Japan 1945, include Naval element and handling logistics of supply flow.
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"Battle for Singapore" app takes users on a learning journey to experience Singapore`s war history
This year marks the 70th anniversary since Singapore fell to the Japanese Army. And to rediscover Singapore`s war history, the National Heritage Board has developed a mobile app, together with the National Archives of Singapore, and Learning & Development Resources (LDR). NHB has also partnered the National Cadet Corps to complement the launch of the app. National Cadet Corps members have been trained (by NHB and LDR) to conduct tours for 130 schools islandwide. Through the "Battle for Singapore" app, users are taken on a learning journey to experience Singapore`s war history.
A hotel with a dark Nazi past: Experiencing the Nazi legacy in Paraguay costs just $40 a night
Experiencing the Nazi legacy in South America costs just $40. This is the rate to spend a night in the best room of the Hotel del Lago - the place that sheltered Joseph Mengele, the Angel of the Death, a German SS officer and physician in the concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. In one of the rooms, Bernhard Förster — brother-in-law of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, an explorer and a theoretician of anti-Semitism - committed suicide after the failure of his project to fund an Aryan colony in Paraguay, named Nueva Germania.
Kehlstein: Mountain tea house build for Hitler pulls in 300,000 visitors in a year
The dark allure of Adolf Hitler has turned his tea house at the top of a Bavarian mountain into one of the most visited sites in Germany. 300,000 people visited the retreat on the peak of the Kehlstein mountain which was built for him as a 50th birthday gift by Nazi party secretary Martin Bormann in 1939. Although Hitler`s Berghof home on the mountain was destroyed by the Allies in bombing raids and after WW2, the tea house survived to become a tourism magnet. Officials said that most visitors to the mountain are Americans and Britons: they make up 85% of the people who came to tour the place where Hitler ate cream cakes with his mistress Eva Braun.
Winston Churchill`s WWII bunker complex in Dollis Hill open for tours
A bunker complex - two stories with 43 rooms - used by Winston Churchill during the Second World War will be opened to the public this month. Built 35 feet underneath the site of the former Post Office Research Station in Brook Road, Dollis Hill, the bunker was used as a standby facility if cabinet offices in Whitehall were deemed unsafe. Codenamed the Paddock, it was built deep enough to survive a direct hit from a 500lb German bomb. One-hour tours, which are free of charge, involve access to eight rooms.
Historians organizing Hitler tour called "Face of Evil: The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" criticized
A luxury 8-day package tour of places related to Adolf Hitler has caused controversy, with some saying it will turn into a "perverse pilgrimage". The tour - taking place in June 2011 - includes visits to places like the Munich beer cellar where the Führer launched his 1923 putsch and Eagle`s Nest in Berchtesgaden. The tour`s British organizers - historians like Nigel Jones (author of Countdown to Valkyrie) and Roger Moorhouse (author of Killing Hitler and Berlin at War) - claim that the WWII tour is well-intentioned. In 2010 David Irving set up a similar Third Reich tour - and received similar criticism.
A tour of San Francisco Bay`s hidden fox holes, trenches and military fortifications
San Francisco was once America`s most important Pacific coast port, which explains why the Presidio is filled with trenches and fox holes. "This is the best preserved WW2 landscape in the lower 48 states," states Stephen Haller, a National Park Service historian. The gun nests were dug into rocky substrate, which explains why they have remained in good shape all these decades.
American group - with family history links to the Nazi scientists - tours Peenemunde and the A-4/V-2 launch sites
Touring the forest of eastern Germany on the Baltic Sea, Heidi Weber Collier saw a little of her family`s history. She was among 30 Americans whose interest in the area dates back to the days of Dr. Wernher von Braun`s first attempts to send a rocket in space. Collier`s father – German engineer Fritz Weber – was among the 2,000 scientists who worked on Nazi rockets. Collier`s family past includes Peenemunde, the V-2 rocket, and the ruins of the Third Reich. But her family history also covers the Explorer I rocket, NASA`s Marshall Space Flight Center, the Saturn V rocket and the first man on the moon.
Aldwych Tube station reopens in period costume for tours to mark the 70th Battle of Britain anniversary
Blitz survivors travelled back in time when they relived their WWII struggles sheltering from Nazi bombs in London Underground stations. Providing a refuge from the Luftwaffe bombers, Tube stations in London became spontaneous shelters. Aldwych, one of the first to be used as an air raid shelter, is reopened for WWII tours to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and recreated to look like it was in 1940. An original 1938 train and a vintage bus are parked outside the station to enhance the wartime atmosphere. The tours are sold out.
Touring Berlin`s WWII history, talking with Rochus Misch, the SS phone operator in the Fuehrerbunker
It is a World War II myth that in the last days of the Third Reich the telephone number of Hitler`s fuehrerbunker was public knowledge and Berliners constantly called Führer. Not so, says the SS man who knows. Rochus Misch was the SS operator of the telephone switchboard in the Fuehrerbunker - located under the New Reich Chancellery - and his cubicle was next to Hitler`s conference room. "Goebbels was never reluctant to talk to the public. He would often speak at great length, assuring them that all was not lost. Goebbels could be charming. We in the bunker hoped he would be the next Fuhrer," Misch recalls.
David Irving defends his guided history tours of Nazi death camps in Poland
Controversial historian David Irving has hit back at claims his 1-week guided history tours of Nazi death camps in Poland are "Nazi Travel" by saying that it is the Polish authorities who are "tasteless" for their promotion of Auschwitz as a "Disney-style" tourist site. The WW2 tour Irving is setting up includes visits to Hitler`s Wolfsschanze headquarters (The Wolf`s Lair) and the Treblinka death camp - and a special screening of the film "Downfall". The tour is fully-booked with American and British history buffs. "There is no question that the Nazis killed millions of people in these camps," Irving explains.
Third Reich Walking Tour
Every year thousands of visitors travel to Germany to tour the ruins of the Third Reich. From the V2 rocket factory to the underground tunnels and bunkers in Berlin - and from Hitler`s mountain retreat in Berchtesgaden to the SS Camelot at Wewelsburg, tourists are fascinated by the history of the Third Reich. The Sun took one of the many Third Reich Walking Tours in Munich -- the city where Hitler`s National Socialist German Workers` Party was formed in the 1920s. "You can read books and see films but it`s only coming to places like this that you get a real handle on it," explained Mike Kennedy.
The Berlin Underworlds offers tours of WWII, Nazi era bunkers and tunnels
Founded in 1997, the Berlin Underworlds is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Berlin`s vast network of underground spaces. It funds its projects by giving tours of bunkers, air raid shelters and catacombs. The 300-plus members include history buffs, hobbyists and scholars of all ages. Since many of Berlin`s underground structures were developed during the Nazi era, the group`s main work is based around World War II. One popular tour - Classic Tour - guides you through a wartime bomb shelter is a history lesson from the perspective of German civilians living in fear of Allied bombs.
Berlin Battlefield Guide: Third Reich and Cold War by Tony Tissier
British Army military policeman Tony le Tissier is one of the finest historians of the Battle of Berlin. As the last British commandant of Spandau prison he lived in Berlin and explored its surrounds. All of that knowledge is combined into "Berlin Battlefield Guide" - which is a tour guide to the Oder and Berlin battlefields. Organised into 15 day trips, it is essential to anyone visiting the city and wishing to experience Georgy Zhukov`s triumph and Adolf Hitler`s Götterdämmerung. Supplied with extracts of topical topographic maps and well illustrated with photos – both then and now - the book is critical to understanding the battle of Berlin.
The Maginot Line: History buffs travel to France to tour the forts of massive WW2 relic (Article no longer available from the original source)
In the 1930s the Maginot Line was a military marvel, an unbeatable network of underground fortifications along France`s border with Third Reich - build to stop the Nazi offensive and avoid a repeat of the WW1 trench warfare. But in 1940 the Wehrmacht simply bypassed the staggeringly expensive network of bunkers, tunnels and artillery batteries. Now history buffs travel to France to tour the underground forts - largely abandoned after WW2 - which began reopening for tourists in the 1980s. Guided tours are available from April to October, and, as an example, 40,000 people a year take the guided tour of the fort of Schoenenbourg, located near Strasbourg.
7-day World War II history tour in Philippines to be arranged March 2010
The next WWII tour by Edna Binkowski in Philippines will take place on March 2010. Edna Binkowski is the author of "Code Name High Pockets" - True Story of Claire Phillips, an American Spy and the resistance movements during Philippines World War II. The tour will include Manila City Tour, visit to Cabanatuan Memorial (former POW camp), Corregidor Tour, visit to Bataan (including the monument of the Battle of the Layac Junction where Sergeant Jose Calugas earned the US Congressional Medal of Honor, Mt. Samat shrine and museum - national landmark - built in honor of the allied defenders) and much more.
Historical sightseeing with 1-day bus tour: Hitler`s London: From Nazi Spies To Victory Day
The East Casements Rifle Range, an alleyway behind the Constable Tower, is where Nazi spy Josef Jakobs was executed. Another Tower prisoner: Adolf Hitler`s deputy Rudolf Hess. I had come to the Tower with Joachim von Halasz, a guide offering tours of Hitler`s London. He has spent years researching the subject and has uncovered amazing WWII stories. Next stop: St Paul`s Cathedral, the most miraculous survivor of the Blitz. It was an easy target, but somehow the Luftwaffe failed to take it down. One warhead did penetrate the cathedral`s roof - the explosion lifted the dome slightly. A watch was formed in 1939 to save the cathedral from more dangerous incendiary bombs.
Tours explore Hong Kong`s World War II ruins and bunkers (Article no longer available from the original source)
Hong Kong has never lacked historical attractions to maintain travellers` interest, but until recently it has stayed away from promoting its darker World War II events when Japanese forces seized the British colony. But this is changing as the remains of selected sites from the Battle of Hong Kong have been added to Hong Kong tourist routes. On walking tours in the hills visitors find the overgrown remains of battle such as underground bunkers, ammo magazines and pillboxes. The WWII tours also serve as reminders that most of the troops who fought the losing battle against Japanese forces were from the British Commonwealth.
Nazi walking tours in Munich: Travelling to Germany to explore ruins of the Third Reich
3 tour guides are standing next to each other in Munich, but only one of them is doing well: Jeff Cox, who is offering "Third Reich Tour. Munich Walk Tours in English." The Third Reich in Munich. That means Hitler, Göring, Gestapo, SS. Cox soon has 18 tourists: Nazis always sell. One of the tourists is Alan Stark, who has read 7 Adolf Hitler biographies, but he still listens closely Cox`s stories. Stark travelled to Germany for 6 days, so he has to focus on what`s essential. Day 1: Nuremberg, the site of the Nazi party rallies. Day 2: Berchtesgaden, Hitler`s mountain retreat. Day 3: Munich, Third Reich tour. Day 4: Bayreuth. "Parsifal," 5 hours of Wagner.
World War II History Trail in South Jersey
WW2 buffs will be able to see the Jersey Shore and Cape May in a new light if they follow the new South Jersey World War II History Trail. In addition to the Cape May Second World War Lookout Tower (Fire Control Tower No. 23), the three other major historical attractions on the trail are the Battleship New Jersey in Camden, the Millville Army Air Field Museum and the Naval Air Station Wildwood`s Hangar No. 1 Museum.
Bomber Command tours take off in Lincolnshire, explore wartime aviation history
A tour of 5 WWII airfields includes climbing aboard a Lancaster, Just Jane, and sitting in all the crew positions: from the scary perch of a Tail End Charlie to the hot seat of the pilot. The bomber is based at East Kirkby`s Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre. Clients also take a trip down a runway at Metheringham once used by Victoria Cross winner Norman Jackson, a flight engineer who climbed onto the wing of his Lancaster to put an engine fire out while being shot at by a night fighter. The tours are run by Lindum Heritage, whose manager Mick Purvis said: "The whole tour is all about rekindling the wartime atmosphere."
Third Reich walking tour of Munich - Where Adolf Hitler met Eva Braun
Imagine being sat in the dentist`s chair, mouth wide open, and the dentist starts to make chit-chat about his clinic. "This used to be the Nazi party headquarters... Come to think of it, this was where Hitler met Eva Braun." It would be a little disturbing. But the surgery at 50 Schellingstrasse, Munich, was once the studio of Adolf Hitler`s personal photographer Hans Hoffman, and here the cash-strapped party had meetings. Eva Braun was Hoffman`s assistant, and she caught Hitler`s eye while climbing a ladder. Details like this make the Third Reich walking tour of Munich fascinating. The historical tour continues up to Konigsplatz...
History tour: Russia`s World War II battlefields and war memorials
The Russians do the biggest war memorials: and they are full of Nazi swastikas being trampled by the horses ridden by Soviet heroes. The 70th anniversary of the start of WW2 causes a huge increase in WWII touring: Normandy beaches, Pegasus bridge, V2 sites... all great tours but for the ultimate WWII tour is the Eastern Front, where 80% of the Germans killed in combat 1939-1945 died. The Soviet Armed Forces Museum has Stalin`s coat, the red flag placed over the Reichstag, Hitler`s personal standard, torpedoes, medals, swords. Next stop: Stalingrad, or the world`s biggest tank museum at Kubinka (Tiger tanks, Porsche Ferdinands and every Russian tank model).
10 Adolf Hitler related highlights in Linz - The next European City of Culture
Adolf Hitler is one of the last names you would expect to see in a tourism marketing campaign. But the Fuehrer has been given key role by the Austrian city of Linz. The Nazi leader spent 9 years of his childhood in the city, which he loved so much he planned to build a 162-metre high bell tower in Linz to house the remains of his parents. --- The Hauptplatz, once known as Adolf-Hitler-Platz, its baroque facades are as the Fuehrer saw them when growing up. The nearby village of Leonding has the graves of Hitler`s parents (still a shrine to fanatics who light candles on the tombstone on the anniversary of Hitler`s birth and death).
Hinterbrand Lodge, Hitler’s hideaway in the German Alps, is now a popular retreat
During World War II Adolf Hitler and the leading Nazis walked the mountain paths around the Hinterbrand Lodge plotting world domination. Now U.S. servicemen come here to relax and see Hitler`s Eagle`s Nest. Starting 2008 Hinterbrand has been run by U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwöhr. The lodge includes a kitchen, tv lounge and dining areas and bunk rooms. Accommodation is free, but guests bring own food and clean up before departing. Hinterbrand was built in 1903, and in the 1920s Dietrich Eckart, for whom Hitler dedicated the second part of "Mein Kampf," hid there. Up to 1945 the lodge was one of many buildings in Berchtesgaden used by the Nazi Party.
Franco, Hitler and Mussolini: fascist-flavoured holidays - And pockets full of militaria
Benito Mussolini`s hometown of Predappio is now the main destination of fascist pilgrims. First stop: a visit to the tomb of Il Duce. After a browse in the souvenir shops - filled with busts of Il Duce, fascist calendars, flags with nazi symbols like SS and swastika - head back out towards the sea pockets full of memorabilia. Those who feel nostalgic about Generalissimo Francisco Franco visit The Valle de los Caídos - a large underground basilica with a 150 metre-tall stone cross. The famous Eagle`s Nest, where Adolf Hitler retreated with Eva Braun and nazi leaders, is now a popular tourist attraction - not just because of the views.
History buff Mark Patterson tours World War II battlefields
Mark Patterson, a World War II history buff, says his aim is to bring history to life. He leads tours to battlefields and gives presentations. "I try to teach these students that history is not boring and is very important to what`s going on in today`s world. You can go to a museum and look, but you don`t get to touch, feel and smell." To fix that Patterson takes his collection of WWII militaria to the classrooms to let students try on the military uniforms, wear the helmets, handle a deactivated hand grenade and experience the weight of a submachine gun. His 2009 tour will spend 3 days in London and 5 days touring Normandy battlefields, including Omaha Beach.
Visitors can`t get enough of Adolf Hitler tours in Munich, birthplace of Nazi Party
Visiting tourists can`t get enough of Adolf Hitler tours in Munich, where the dictator formed his Nazi Party and started the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch. The guided walking tours take visitors to city sites linked to Hitler: like Hofbraeuhaus beer hall where Hitler gave his first public speech in 1918. Close by is pub Schellingsalon, where Hitler liked to drink - often skipping the bill. The trail follows him from his beginnings and his rise to Fuehrer of the Third Reich. Tour guide Eric Loerke starts the tour by showing photos of Hitler as a baby and as an average artist in 1913 drawing pictures for postcards.
Panther Soup: Travels Through Europe in War and Peace by John Gimlette
"Panther Soup" refers to the mud that a U.S. Army veteran Putnam Flint crawled through 1944-1945 with the 824th Tank Destroyer Battalion. Its members wore a panther patch on their uniforms as their towed antitank guns from Marseille up the Rhone Valley to fight Adolf Hitler`s forces. John Gimlette makes books that are not so much travelogues as witty explorations of time, place and character. For "Panther Soup" he persuaded Flint to retrace his journey with his grandson and try to recall things that took place along the way - like one "Austrian fanatic" who nearly killed him with an unusual 3-barreled gun.
Kiwi to walk 800-km length of the Western Front battlefields
David Guerin set off on a journey of a lifetime to walk the 800-km length of the Western Front. He has been hooked on the history of the two wars that flamed in Europe from 1914-18 and 1939-45. It is an interest he admits has turned into an obsession. "In New Zealand it`s regarded as dusty history, but in Britain this is still live history. Hundreds of thousands still travel to the Somme to see where their grandfathers got the chop." His fascination with the wars covers alse the period between them. "Some people say WWI and WWII were really one war. They just took a breather to breed more cannon fodder."
Hunting Nazis in Munich by Joachim von Halasz - Nazi birthplace
Joachim von Halasz knows well the attractions of Munich, including its towered Gothic revival Neues Rathaus, which the U.S. 7th Army used as HQ near the end of World War II. But he is disturbed by an inscription that says, "To the soldiers who liberated Munich from the national socialist tyranny on April 30, 1945." It`s fair to say that France and Belgium were liberated by the Allies. Armies liberate places that are being held captive, against their will. But that was not the case with Munich, the birthplace and stronghold of the Nazi party. The word choice seems misguiding, a whitewashing of the city`s historic connection to Adolf Hitler.
The 25 Essential World War II Sites - Traveler`s Guide to Battlefields (Article no longer available from the original source)
"The 25 Essential World War II Sites, European Theater: The Ultimate Traveler`s Guide to Battlefields, Monuments and Museums," by Chuck Thompson. Now that the Cold War is over, he rightfully includes Russia, particularly Kursk, where "history`s single biggest tank engagement" occurred. Among the maps and accommodations provided are locations immortalized in war films, such as "The Longest Day," "Schindler`s List," "Saving Private Ryan" and "A Bridge Too Far." Today in Arnhem a large gray stone marked "17 September 1944" marks the spot on the Rhine where Lt. Col. John Frost and his men valiantly fought the Germans.
Drive tanks at Europe`s only "Panzer School"
The lanes around the tank school in the Brandenburg countryside bear huge track incisions. Eager tank crews slide through the narrow hatches of vehicles with armour plating. Surveying the scene co-owner Axel Heyse struck a military pose: "I was in the East German army 1978-1988, as a tank driver then an instructor. It is... fun to drive tanks, but it`s not possible to do it anywhere in Europe outside the military, so we created this place." The Heyse brothers have amassed 7 T55 and 5 BMP armoured personnel carriers. And so close is the German frontier with Poland, that waving off her husband one woman joked: "Turn back before you cross the border."
WW2 prison camp Colditz castle - Wehrmacht guards recalls duty
Alfred Heinrich, one of the few Colditz guards still alive, shows me his wartime snaps: old portraits of himself as an young soldier in the Wehrmacht. Serving in Eastern Front he was lucky to survive World War II. He lost an eye and received a serious leg wound on the Russian Front. His combat days over, in 1942 he began work as a guard at a prisoner-of-war camp for Allied officers. The camp was called `Oflag 4C`, better known as Colditz. During the Cold War, the castle`s wartime past was papered over. Today though, Colditz Castle is trying to get itself noticed, by encouraging more Germans to escape to Colditz.
Touring the Bastogne Region - Trail of Ardennes Offensive (Article no longer available from the original source)
I follow the signs - so did the tanks in December 1944 and January 1945. Near the Luxembourg village of Hamm is the American Cemetery. Most of the 5,076 U.S. soldiers here died during the Battle of the Bulge. One of the exceptions: General George S. Patton, who died in Dec 1945 in Germany and was buried here, with his Third Army troops. At Ettelbruck museum the signs and photo captions tell their own story of war. One photo is captioned: "Hitler Youth in front of Ettelbruck Primary School." Then there are the glass showcases full of helmets, weapons and gas masks. None cleaned and polished, but left crusted with the natural grime that come with burial.
Underground tours in Berlin Nazi-era bunkers, shelters and tunnels
For decades after World War II, 300 nazi-era bunkers that had survived allied bombers and Soviet artillery fire lay ignored in Berlin. Citizens were kept in ignorance of the precise whereabouts of Adolf Hitler`s fuehrerbunker - until the Berlin Underworlds Association break a taboo by erecting a shield pinpointing the bunker site. German authorities were nervous the Führerbunker, off the Wilhelmstrasse, might become a shrine for neo-Nazis. Similar thinking led to Spandau Prison being torn down after the suicide of Rudolf Hess in 1987. Nowadays, in addition to maintaining an underground history museum, the association arranges tours of WW2 bunkers.
The sleepy, secret heart of Prussia - the German resistance to Hitler
I arrive at Trebbow, one of the Prussian estates near Schwerin. The house has been dedicated as a site commemorating the German resistance to Adolf Hitler. Here, in April 1944, Colonel Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg discussed the plans for the assassination of Hitler with Fritz-Dietlof von der Schulenburg. Locals are hoping that many visitors will come to discover the Mecklenburg and its connection to the resistance. Large parts of Mecklenburg have been caught in a timewarp. This countryside has changed little since WWI. There is a somnolent air about the place, the result of the long years of Third Reich amnesia.
Tours of Berlin’s underground, including WWII bunkers, draw crowds
This year the Berlin Underworlds Association is expected to guide more than 100,000 visitors on special underground tours. More than 300 bunkers remain from World War 2, and while many are filled with debris or blocked, others are in pristine condition. Last June, the Berlin Underworlds Association broke a German taboo by erecting a marker in the city center that points out the location of the most notorious underground site: the Fuehrerbunker, the fortified shelter where Adolf Hitler sought refuge from Allied bombers and then killed himself. During WW2, Berlin had 1,000 underground bunkers.
Okinawa battle sites tours offer peeks into island`s history (Article no longer available from the original source)
Living on Okinawa provides a unique chance to gain more knowledge of the largest amphibious assault and bloodiest World War 2 battle in the Pacific. There are historic battle sites all over the island. An individual wanting to learn more about the Battle of Okinawa can travel to these sites easily. But for those looking to visit some of the islands more remote battle sites, it is best done with a guide, says Gunnery Sgt. Richard Deuto, who leads tours for Marines and units. Recently, Deuto, a history enthusiast with an in-depth knowledge of the Battle of Okinawa, led a tour for 20 Marines with the 3rd Marine Division staff as they toured 8 sites.
4th Marines explore historic Philippine site: the Battle of Corregidor
Over 20 Marine leaders with 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, visited a World War II battle site where one of the unit`s most disappointing battles happened: The Battle of Corregidor. The Corregidor Island was essential to the Japanese forces, as it was the last remaining obstacle to Manila Bay. On May 5, Japanese soldiers landed and faced fierce resistance from American and Filipino artillery, but the Japanese forces etched their way deeper and overcame one of the artillery batteries. Early the next day, Japanese tanks made it to shore. Army Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright saw defeat was imminent. Just a day after the invasion, he surrendered.
Signs of WWII battle - and gratitude - in the Bastogne, Ardennes (Article no longer available from the original source)
World War II foxholes remain in the forests of the Belgian Ardennes. For anyone with a sense of history and interest in WWII, this is a remarkable journey for anyone interested in the battles of WW2. The Battle of the Bulge was America`s bloodiest battle ever. More than a million soldiers, Americans and Germans, clashed on Dec 1944. Signature battle of the Bulge: At Bastogne, a town of 5,000, where German Panzer units encircled the American 101st Airborne Division, which was under the command of Gen. Anthony McAuliffe. Four days later, the German siege was broken by a tank battalion from General George Patton`s 3rd Army.
A visit to Adolf Hitler`s mountain stronghold Eagle`s Nest
As I fingered the jagged green marble of a chipped-up fireplace mantle, my guide told me the story. This German lodge was a gift to Adolf Hitler for his 50th birthday in 1938. His inner circle all contributed. And the fireplace was a little extra gift from Mussolini. In 1945, Allied soldiers chipped off countless relics. While many people call the entire area "Hitler`s Eagle`s Nest," it actually refers to just the mountaintop chalet. This excessive lodge was only the tip of a vast Berchtesgaden compound. What remains is now wide open to visitors. Because it was here that he claimed to be inspired, some call Berchtesgaden the "cradle of the Third Reich."
Embarking on Hitler’s trail in Munich (Article no longer available from the original source)
Konigsplatz, in Munich, was Hitler’s favourite parade ground, a place to mass and strut helmeted troops in uniforms, military bands and swastika flags. Munich is intimately connected with Adolf Hitler’s youth and his life as a Nazi leader. Places in Munich associated with Hitler are quite popular with tourist. Visitors are curious to know where he lived, the restaurants he frequented, places where he delivered his fiery speeches, the place where the historic but failed political coup (the Putsch) took place and his Munich headquarters. In his autobiography, Mein Kamph, Hitler writes fondly about Munich.
History tours: Germany turns the relics of its Nazi past over to tourism
Lately many sites of importance in the Third Reich have become tourist magnets. In Ravensbruck, 8 of the 23 former SS guardhouses will be converted to cater. Thousands of people traipsed through a museum carved in the air-raid tunnels of the mountain at Berchtesgaden where Adolf Hitler had his summer residence Eagle`s Nest. In the forests of Karinhall, the country seat of Hermann Goering, amateur treasure hunters rake the ground each weekend for lost artefacts. For every foot of building above ground in Berlin, there are three below; secret tunnels and bunkers begun when Hitler came to power in 1933.
Bavaria and Hitler`s house - 8 miles of underground tunnels (Article no longer available from the original source)
2001 - The Bavarian government is turning Adolf Hitler`s mountain retreat, high in the south German Alps, into a museum tourist attraction. When the US army left in 1995 the government in Munich did not know what to do with the six square-mile complex straddling the Obersalzberg Mountain. What would anyone do with such bizarre relics - with eight miles of underground tunnels, for example, a housing estate for SS officers, Hermann Goering`s picnic site, a bomb-proof kennel for Blondi, Hitler`s Alsatian, and a brass-lined lift which rises through a hollowed-out mountain, its power supplied by a bank of U-boat engines?