Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Friday, May 19, 2023

September 2023 World War I Battlefield Reconnaissance from Valor Tours, Ltd.

After being slowed down by the COVID fiasco, my old outfit Valor Tours, Ltd., has put together a terrific nine-day September package led by on-site resident guide Mike Grams.

Download the full brochure HERE.

Mike has developed an itinerary that includes stops at Belleau Wood & Château-Thierry, the St. Mihiel Salient, German & French Forts, Vedun, the Meuse-Argonne, Reims, Chemin des Dames, the Hindenburg Line, the Somme,  Cantigny, and the Armistice Glade.  

The Red Baron with his squadron mates after a
successful mission.

A special feature has been included for aviation buffs. On the final day of touring the group will follow the path of Manfred von Richthofen's last flight along the River Somme from take-off to his final (and fatal) crash site.

Trenches at Bois Brûlé. St. Mihiel Salient, where the 26th Yankee Division saw some of the earliest action by the AEF.

Mike asked that we pass on this message:

Come tour France with me, a resident of Verdun and St.Mihiel, and see the AEF and France from a really different perspective.  We will be staying at the Historic Chateau Hattonchatel, in the very heart of the St.Mihiel Salient! We will bring to life the battlegrounds you have read and heard about: Belleau Wood, the Meuse-Argonne, Verdun, Seichprey, and so much more.  This is the land of Rin Tin Tin, Sgt. Stubby, and Rags, where General Pershing, Patton, and MacArthur all squared off against Crown Prince Willhelm and General Max von Gallwitz, where Alvin York and Billy Mitchell made history.  I promise you a tour to be remembered.                                                       

Mike Grams


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