Joshua Levine has written seven bestselling histories including Operation Fortitude, which chronicles the web of deception that the Allies spun to mislead the Nazis as to where the D-Day landings were to occur.
Dunkirk and D-Day with Joshua Levine and Peter Caddick-Adams
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This year marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, when the defeated Nazis finally surrendered, bringing to an end one of the bloodiest conflicts the world has ever known. There are countless tales of heroism and sacrifice from the period, some of which you will hear during this exclusive tour to Northern Europe.
You will be joined by renowned historian Joshua Levine and Professor Peter Caddick-Adams. Joshua, author of the history book that inspired Christopher Nolan's Oscar-winning epic Dunkirk, will deliver a talk in Dunkirk on board the paddle steamer Princess Elizabeth, which played a crucial role in the evacuations. Peter will accompany you throughout and give two lectures.
"I am delighted to join readers as we learn about Operation Dynamo and how the 'Miracle of Deliverance' was achieved. From the famous Dunkirk mole, to the perimeter where Hitler's forces were kept at bay, we will discover how freedom was preserved for future generations."
- Joshua Levine
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Subscribers of The Telegraph will receive a discount of £100 per couple* and a copy of both Joshua Levine's and Peter Caddick-Adam's book**. To redeem your subscriber discount, please visit telegraph.co.uk/rewards.
Reasons to book
Meet historian Joshua Levine
Visit important Second World War sites
Have dinner aboard the Princess Elizabeth
Your expert guides
Professor Caddick-Adams was educated at Shrewsbury and Sandhurst. He spent 35 years in the regular and reserve forces and lectured for 20 years at the UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham. He is the author of books about the battles of Monte Cassino and the Ardennes.
- Exclusive talk and Q&A session with Joshua Levine
- Dinner on Princess Elizabeth in Dunkirk with welcome drink and wine
- Return standard-class Eurostar and TGV/local train from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Caen via Paris, returning from Breda via Brussels
- Two nights' dinner, bed and breakfast at the Ferme de la Ranconniere, Crépon
- One night's bed-and-breakfast accommodation at Hotel Borel, Dunkirk
- Two nights' dinner, bed and breakfast at Van der Valk Hotel, Arnhem
- Transfers, full touring itinerary, entrance fees
- **Subscribers will receive a copy of Joshua Levine's book and Professor Peter Caddick-Adams' book (one of each per booking)
Day1Arrive in CréponCrépon, France
Travelling by Eurostar and TGV from London or Ebbsfleet, you'll arrive in Caen via Paris. From there you'll be transferred by coach to Ferme de la Ranconniere, Crépon. The village was the site of the exploits of Sergeant-Major Stanley Hollis, who won the only Victoria Cross on D-Day. Tonight you'll enjoy a welcome drink, dinner and an evening talk from military historian Peter Caddick-Adams.
Day2D-Day sitesOmaha Beach, France
This morning, you will head to Ranville and the scene of the British airborne attacks, Pegasus Bridge, and its museum. There you will learn of the glider mission to capture the bridge intact in the early hours of June 6, 1944, commanded by Major John Howard. You will move on to the 'Hillman' German position before seeing the Sword beach landing site. After lunch, you will journey to Bayeux to pay your respects at Bayeux War Cemetery, the largest British Cemetery on French territory. The German gun battery at Longues-sur-Mer is your next stop before you visit Omaha beach, where the US force was focused. You will follow that with the US military cemetary at Colleville-sur-mer before you return via General Montgomery's headquarters at Creully.
You will spend the morning in Arromanches-les-Baines, where you will learn about the enormous Mulberry artificial harbour and pay a visit to the Musée du Débarquement. You will transfer to Dunkirk for dinner on board the paddle steamer Princess Elizabeth, which helped evacuate 1,673 Allied soldiers in Operation Dynamo. Enjoy a welcome drink, followed by a talk and Q&A with Joshua Levine.
Today, you will tour the poignant beach at Dunkirk where hundreds of civilian boats joined the 1940 evacuation of 198,000 British and 140,000 French and Belgian troops. Learn about this incredible story of valour at the Dunkirk War Museum. You will later transfer to Arnhem, with an opportunity to visit the Menin Gate First World War memorial in Ypres on the way.
Day5Hartenstein, ArnhemArnhem, Netherlands
You'll visit Ginkel Heath, the site of the main landings by the British 1st Airborne Division on September 17, 1944. Then it's on to the Hartenstein Airborne Museum. Situated in the building that was used as the headquarters for the British 1st Airborne Division, the museum offers a fascinating overview of Operation Market Garden. You will also focus on the evacuation of the British 1st Airborne Division across the Rhine. Of over 10,600 men in the Division, 2,071 would end up evacuated. You will also stop at the Lonsdale Church where many of those evacuated took shelter. Nearby is the famous house of Kate ter Horst. Used as a Regimental Aid Post to treat the wounded, it featured in the film A Bridge Too Far. Your tour ends at the Arnhem Oosterbeek British Cemetery, after which you'll return to the hotel for dinner.
Day6Return homeBreda, Netherlands
Today, you'll return to London by local train and Eurostar from Breda via Brussels.
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