BATTLEFIELD TOURS

In Flanders Field
By Lieut.Col. John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe; To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

There are many tours to the battlegrounds of Europe, The ITT offices and USO in Ramstein, Frankfurt (Rhein Main), Rota, Naples, and ITT Aviano offer tours on a frequent basis. Europe has been the major battleground for the two major conflicts of the the 20th century, WWI and WWII. As a point of reference, in WWI over 3 million soldiers lost their lives in Flanders Fields, Belgium from 1914 to 1917. View the following site for information 
Flanders Fields

This year is the 60th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. There are commemorative events scheduled in June 2004.
Also view these WWII movies from the BBC.   Also see these D-Day Panoramic views.                         

. D Day was 60 years ago today, June 6th, 1944. The obvious tours are to the D-Day beaches like Normandy, or the World War II site of Bastogne. Check with the Ramstein ITT office for a tour to Bastogne. While those D-Day beaches and battlefields are a great stop for any American remembering WWII, the best Battle of Normandy museum in the area is Le Memorial in Caen, about 150 miles northwest of Paris. To truly understand the significance of the D Day read the following: Lessons From Normandy, An  Article by Ken Arnold

The museums begin the story of World War II by tracing its roots, all the way to 1918 and the slow failure of peace to take hold in Europe after World War I. Interactive audio and video displays, interspersed with actual artifacts like tanks, jeeps and weapons, describe the buildup toward the second world war and France's descent into invasion, occupation and resistance. 

Actual footage of the D-Day landing is interspersed with scenes from fictional films for a dramatic retelling of the events from both the German and the Allied perspectives. The 70-day Battle of Normandy is retold in a similar interactive manner. Galleries that follow look at the rebuilding of Europe and of hopes for peace through such events as the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The grand finale is the Nobel Peace Prize gallery, celebrating the courageous work of leaders who understand that peace is more than simply the absence of war.
D_Memorial-Caen

View some great black and white photos view the following site::
Nomandy Battlefields Photos

For detailed information on the Normandy battlefields view the following site::
Nomandy Battlefields Info-French and English

For other battlefield tours view the following:: Mildenhall Battlefield Tours|Battle of Sommes Tour|.Ramstein Verdun Tour|