Upcoming Tours 

Expert tour help from Battle of the Bulge Association Partners

tourpics-2013Tours are an excellent opportunity to visit the places where your father, grandfather, uncle or family friend served in World War II. See the battlefields where he fought. Meet the people of the local communities which he liberated. Participate in official ceremonies honoring the Veterans. Tours have ‘transformed’ many 2nd and 3rd generations, as they stand in the very place where their loved ones fought. Tours are also the very best way for today’s and future generations to forever honor, celebrate and memorialize the Veteran’s military achievements, history and heritage.

The Battle of the Bulge Association has partnered with expert, dedicated people to help you. Two of the best known and most experienced are BOBA members Roland Gaul and Patrick Hinchy. They are also your living link with the past, because both of them became great friends of many veterans over many years, accompanying them back to their battlefields. Roland Gaul, founder and CEO of Luxembourg’s National Museum of Military History in Diekirch, is the author of two highly rated military histories of the southern Bulge. He recently retired as full-time Museum CEO to devote himself to military history research. Together with his wife, Silvia, he provides customized in-depth tours of the Southern Bulge in Luxembourg, Belgium and the German border region for small groups, such as veteran family groups. Patrick Hinchy has for the past 30 years, specialized in creating, planning and guiding long distance tours for larger US veterans and legacy groups, both in the Battle of the Bulge and throughout Europe. Patrick has a masters degree from Oxford University and speaks German, French and Italian. 

Patrick is planning a 5th Infantry Division (‘Red Diamond’) Tour for May 2018. If you have a relative who has served in the 5th Infantry Division, or if you have an interest in the 5th Division or some of the places included in the tour, this would be a great tour for you. It is a 14-day tour starting in Paris and finishing in the Czech capital, Prague. During this tour, you will visit Utah Beach, Caumont and St Lô in Normandy, royal Reims—famous for its champagne, and Germany’s 1945 surrender, Metz with formidable Fort Driant, Luxembourg and the site of 5th Infantry Division’s famous Battle of the Bulge Sauer River Crossing which so impressed General Patton (click here for his letter and more history on this historic crossing). Then you will visit historic Nuremberg, with its Rally stadium ruins and International War Crimes Courthouse, and enjoy the spectacular annual Pilsen Liberation Festival celebrating liberation from Nazism and Communism, before flying home from Prague, beautiful capital of the Czech Republic.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact Doris Davis, Member and President of BOBA Golden Gate Chapter. Email: Tel: (650) 654-0101 (PST)